Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The Israel-UAE Agreement, Bibi, Putin, KGB and the PLO

This deal was made because of Iran, but on the other hand I am happy that Bibi finally overturned the policy which the KGB managed to impose on the Middle East by creating the PLO in the 1960s, so in a way this is a personal answer to Putin as ex KGB.

 Brainchild of the KGB

 As Ion Mihai Pacepa, onetime director of the Romanian espionage service (DIE), later explained, the PLO was conceived at the time the KGB was creating "liberation front" organizations  throughout the Third World.  Others included the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, created in 1964 with the help from Ernesto "Che" Guevara, and the National Liberation Army of Colombia, created in 1965 with the help from Fidel Castro. But the PLO was the KGB's most enduring achievement.

In 1964, the first PLO Council, consisting of 422 Palestinian representatives handpicked by the KGB, approved the Soviet blueprint for a Palestinian National Charter - a document drafted in Moscow – and made Ahmad Shukairy, the KGB's agent of influence, the first PLO chairman. The Romanian intelligence service was given responsibility for providing the PLO with logistics support. Except for the arms, which were supplied by the KGB and East German Stasi, everything according to Ion Pacepa, "came from Bucharest. Even the PLO uniforms and the PLO stationery were manufactured in Romania free of charge, as a 'comradely help'. During those years, two Romanian cargo planes filled with goodies for the PLO landed in Beirut every week." 
The PLO Discovers "Wars of national Liberation"

 As early as 1964, Arafat had sent Abu Jihad (later the leader of the PLO's military operations) to North Vietnam to study the strategy and tactics of guerrilla warfare as waged by Ho Chi Minh. At this time, Fatah also translated the writings of North Vietnam's General Nguyen Giap, as well as the works of Mao and Che Guevara, into Arabic.

 Arafat was particularly struck by Ho Chi Minh's success in mobilizing left-wing sympathizers in Europe and the United States, where activists on American campuses, enthusiastically followed  the line of North Vietnamese operatives, had succeeded in reframing the Vietnam War from a Communist assault on the south to a struggle for national liberation. Ho's chief strategist, General Giap, made it clear to Arafat and his lieutenants that in order to succeed, they too needed to redefine the terms of their struggle. Giap's counsel was simple but profound: the PLO needed to work in a way that concealed its real goals , permitted strategic deception, and gave the appearance of moderation: "Stop talking about annihilating Israel and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand."

 History Upside Down by David Meir-Levi, page 28