PA leader Shaath: The PA terror campaign ("second intifada") was planned by Arafat to put pressure on Israel
Excerpt from PA TV four-part documentary Arafat
Part 4: "The Besieged President"
Narrator: "The Camp David Summit [in 2000] failed, and [US President Bill] Clinton held Arafat responsible for the failure. This was a prelude to very grave events: [Israeli Parliament Member] Ariel Sharon invaded the Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem (i.e., the Temple Mount), and the second Intifada, known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada, broke out on Sept. 28, 2000 as a direct response to this invasion. However, it was also an outburst against Israel's insistence over the years on suppressing the Palestinians and (speech unclear) their National Authority."
Nabil Shaath, member of the negotiating team: "[Arafat] saw that repeating the first Intifada in new forms, would bring the necessary popular, international, and Arab pressure upon Israel, because it was already impossible to continue denying our right in Jerusalem and the right of the refugees, which are the two main topics [of conflict]."
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