Clinton confirms Arafat rejected peace and chose terrorism

Voice Of America ( reports that former US president Bill Clinton has declared he would personally defend Israel if Iraqi troops invaded the Jewish State. He also confirmed the fact that Arafat refused peace and a Palestinian State at Camp David in 10/200:

Clinton Says He Would Fight For Israel
VOA News, 8/3/2002

Former President Bill Clinton said he would personally rush to protect Israel if Iraqi forces ever invaded the Jewish state.

Speaking to supporters of the Jewish group Hadassah in Toronto this week, Mr. Clinton said that if Iraq attacked Israel, he would grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die. A Toronto newspaper that reported the comments said the crowd broke out into applause.

The former president also said that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made a "disastrous mistake" in turning down Israeli peace offers during the final months of his presidency. But he said he still sees reason to hope for peace in the Middle East.

During his first run for president, Mr. Clinton was heavily criticized for avoiding military service during the Vietnam War. As a young man, the future president received a draft notice but managed to get a deferment that enabled him to stay out of the army.

Posted by David Melle
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