Jibril Rajoub had the typical career of one of Israel’s moderate Palestinian Authority peace partners going from terror attacks to prison to more terror attacks to political positions under Arafat.
After the peace process, Rajoub headed up the Palestinian Authority police and served as national security advisor to Arafat. Since there was no nation or security, that was a fancy way of saying, terrorist advisor.
Whenever the media needed a “moderate” Palestinian Arab official to trot out, they would mention Jibril Rajoub.
CBS News describes him in its bio as “Rajoub, a moderate, was a longtime player in peace talks and truce negotiations with Israel.”
The New York Times wrote of him as, “the West Bank security chief, who is known as one of the more moderate and pragmatic Palestinian officials.”
The left-wing Geneva Initiative ran ads featuring Jibril Rajoub telling Israelis in Hebrew, “I am your partner” and informing them that there is a historic opportunity with a Palestinian leadership committed to a two-state solution.
Three years earlier, Rajoub had said, “Israel is a cancer in the region, by Allah, I’m sure every speck of Palestine from the sea to the river – will return to us!”
That formulation included all of Israel.
Now to everyone’s surprise, the moderate peace partner, when discussing the negotiations, made a series of outrageous demands and told the television hostess, “Listen we as yet don’t have a nuke. But I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very morning.”
I am your peace partner… until I get a nuke.