Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ambassador Says Arafat Is Threat to Peace.(Final)

Byline: Paul Logan Journal Staff Writer

Record Number Turns Out For N.M.-Israel Dinner

As long as Yasser Arafat is on the scene, whether he has 10 percent or 100 percent executive powers, Israel cannot sustain a serious, durable peace with the Palestinians, the Jewish state's consul general from New York said Tuesday.

Ambassador Alon Pinkas said the former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization has earned Israel's distrust "through terrorism, through reluctance, through reticence, through bad behavior and through a very, very bad rap sheet."

Arafat is an "obstructionist and a destructionist" with the 100 percent capability of destroying and disrupting the new Palestinian government, said Pinkas, keynote speaker for the New Mexico-Israel Dinner of State at the Albuquerque Marriott. …

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