A downtrodden former leader of the armed wing of Yasser Arafat's Fatah terrorist movement said last week in an interview with Ha'aretz that the Palestinians have lost their struggle with Israel and are headed toward ultimate ruin.
Zachariya Zubeida, who previously commanded all Fatah forces in northern Samaria, admitted that when Arafat was alive, he personally directed the Intifada violence against Israel.
But Arafat's long-time deputy and successor, US-backed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, had abandoned a strong, coordinated assault on Israel in favor of Western handouts and international approval to the point of becoming a puppet of the Bush Administration, Zubeida lamented.
Zubeida also made the astute observation that, even among the Palestinians, "there is no Palestinian identity. Go up to anyone in the street and ask him, 'Who are you?' He'll answer you, 'I'm a Fatah activist,' 'I'm a Hamas activist,' or an activist of some other organization, but he won't say to you, 'I am a Palestinian.'"
The popular former terror boss and Palestinian Authority police officer said he believes that when the US fails to carve out a Palestinian Arab state by the end of 2008 the fractious Palestinians will erupt in civil war to overthrow Abbas' regime, opening the door to an uncertain future.