Yasser Arafat's Ultimatum: Why May 4, 1999?

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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
January 18, 1999

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

NOTE: This article or series has not been updated recently. As such, it may possibly contain some outdated information, and/or ideas and beliefs which I no longer embrace, or which have changed to some degree.

Camp David Accords, Jewish Mastery Of Words, The Declaration
Of Principles, Rahab And The Spies, The Wye Memorandum, The
Cairo Agreement, May 4, 1999 The Infamous Date, The Security
Issue, Psychological Manipulation And The Terrorist Image,
Danger Of Stereotypes, God's View, Is Arafat Softening Up?

As I point out in the article 'The Beast And The Three
Broken Horns', while Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt have sided
with Syria in past conflicts against the state of Israel,
since that time, they have each negotiated various peace
initiatives, or full-fledged agreements, with Israel. The
first one to do this was the nation of Egypt. In September
of 1978, Egyptian President, Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, and
Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, signed the historic
Camp David Accords, in the presence of American President,
Jimmy Carter. As a result of his peace overtures with the
state of Israel, Anwar Sadat was assassinated not too long
after that by Islamic exttremists.

While some of us are familiar with the fact that the Camp
David Accords dealt with the future of the Sinai Peninsula,
and peace arrangements between Israel and Egypt, what fewer
people realize, is that the reason they are referred to in
the plural, that is, as the Accords, is because the document
signed by Sadat and Begin, was a two-part agreement. Peace
between Egypt and Israel was only half of the objectives
agreed upon in the document. The second half of the Accords
established a format for the conduct of negotiations for the
establishment of an autonomy regime in the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip. In other words, the Camp David Accords were not
just for the purpose of establishing a lasting peace between
Egypt and Israel; they were also meant to begin the process
which would ultimately result in the establishment of an
autonomous, or self-governing, homeland for the displaced
Palestinians; that is, a Palestinian State.

Sadly, while the Camp David Accords have indeed resulted in
a lasting peace between Egypt and Israel, the second half of
the agreement, which dealt with the future of the West Bank,
that is, Judea and Samaria, and the Gaza Strip, was later
interpreted differently by Israel, Egypt, and the United
States Of America. Personally, upon reading the contents of
the Accords, in my view, their intent is quite clear. If any
ambiguity has resulted from the Accords, I can only conclude
that it is simply another product of Jewish minds, who have
no interest or desire whatsoever, in providing a legitimate
home for the displaced Palestinians. As we have seen with
the recent Wye Memorandum, and as I have been saying for a
long time, the Jews are masters when it comes to the spoken
and the written word. They are expert manipulators who know
how to twist and pervert what has been said or written. They
possess the ability to talk and negotiate for years, while
never really giving up a single thing.

If you happen to be one who finds my words a bit offensive,
or if you doubt that what I am saying is true, then in all
fairness, allow me to present to you, actual excerpts taken
from the Camp David Accords of 1978; which were agreed upon
by both the nations of Israel and Egypt, over twenty years
ago. Perhaps after reading the following material, you will
understand why a small percentage of the Palestinians have
now resorted to less-than-honorable measures, in order to
achieve their long-sought-for objectives. Perhaps you will
also begin to understand why Palestinian President, Yasser
Arafat, has now set a deadline of May 4, 1999, as the date
when he will unilaterally declare the establishment of a
Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital:

----- Begin Quotes -----

"Egypt and Israel agree that, in order to ensure a peaceful
and orderly transfer of authority, and taking into account
the security concerns of all the parties, there should be
transitional arrangements for the West Bank and Gaza for a
period not exceeding five years. In order to provide full
autonomy to the inhabitants, under these arrangements the
Israeli military government and its civilian administration
will be withdrawn as soon as a self-governing authority has
been freely elected by the inhabitants of these areas to
replace the existing military government."

"When the self-governing authority (administrative council)
in the West Bank and Gaza is established and inaugurated,
the transitional period of five years will begin. As soon as
possible, but not later than the third year after the
beginning of the transitional period, negotiations will take
place to determine the final status of the West Bank and
Gaza and its relationship with its neighbors and to conclude
a peace treaty between Israel and Jordan by the end of the
transitional period. These negotiations will be conducted
among Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the elected representatives
of the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza."

----- End Of Quotes -----

While Egypt has had peace for twenty years, the Palestinians
have remained without a legitimate homeland for the very
same length of time; and in reality, even longer than that;
because they became displaced the minute Israel was declared
a nation in May of 1948, in order to acommodate the Jews.
Please read the in-depth series, 'The Seven Heads' for more
details regarding this issue. The point is, the Palestinians
are tired of Jewish talk; they now wish to see Jewish talk
supported by real actions. As you can see by the previous
quotes taken from the Camp David Accords, what was initially
envisioned as being a maximum of a five-year process, has
now stretched out to a full twenty years. The reasons for
this are many; and it is only fair to say that all parties
concerned are to blame in one way or another.

What is sad, is that the language which was incorporated
into the Camp David Accords, has been included, and expanded
upon, in various other Middle East peace documents since
that time; and yet the Palestinians still remain without a
homeland. It is based upon the terms and conditions which
are set forth in two of these documents, which have been
signed and agreed upon by both the government of Israel and
the Palestinian Liberation Organization during the past six
years, that Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, derives
his legal authority to unilaterally declare the birth of the
Palestinian State only a few months from now. Upon reading
said documents, it appears that he has every legal right to
do so, because the Israeli leadership has clearly reneged on
the terms to which it agreed. Of course, the Israelies throw
the very same accusation at the Palestinians.

The first of these two documents is called the Declaration
Of Principles. Signed in Washington, D.C., on September 13,
1993 by Shimon Perez for the government of Israel, and by
Mahmoud Abbas for the Palestinian Liberation Organization,
this legal and binding document contains some of the very
same language included in its predecessor; that is, in the
Camp David Accords, signed fifteen years earlier. Following
are some selected clauses taken from the Declaration Of
Principles to verify this point:

----- Begin Quotes -----

Article I


The aim of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations within the
current Middle East peace process is, among other things, to
establish a Palestinian Interim Self-Government Authority,
the elected Council (the "Council"), for the Palestinian
people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for a
transitional period not exceeding five years, leading to a
permanent settlement based on Security Council Resolution
242 and 338.


Article V


1. The five-year transitional period will begin upon the
withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and Jericho area.

2. Permanent status negotiations will commence as soon as
possible, but not later than the beginning of the third year
of the interim period, between the Government of Israel and
the Palestinian people representatives.

3. It is understood that these negotiations shall cover
remaining issues, including: Jerusalem, refugees,
settlements, security arrangements, borders, relations and
cooperation with other neighbors, and other issues of common


Article XIII


l. After the entry into force of this Declaration of
Principles, and not later than the eve of elections for the
Council, a redeployment of Israeli military forces in the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip will take place, in addition to
withdrawal of Israeli forces carried out in accordance with
Article XIV.

2. In redeploying its military forces, Israel will be guided
by the principle that its military forces should be
redeployed outside populated areas.

3. Further redeployments to specified locations will be
gradually implemented commensurate with the assumption of
responsibility for public order and internal security by the
Palestinian police force pursuant to Article VIII above.

Article XIV


Israel will withdraw from the Gaza Strip and Jericho area,
as detailed in the protocol attached as Annex II.



l. This Declaration of Principles will enter into force one
month after its signing.


Annex II


l. The two sides will conclude and sign within two months
from the date of entry into force of this Declaration of
Principles, an agreement on the withdrawal of Israeli
military forces from the Gaza Strip and Jericho area. This
agreement will include comprehensive arrangements to apply
in the Gaza Strip and the Jericho area subsequent to the
Israeli withdrawal.

2. Israel will implement an accelerated and scheduled
withdrawal of Israeli military forces from the Gaza Strip
and Jericho area, beginning immediately with the signing of
the agreement on the Gaza Strip and Jericho area and to be
completed within a period not exceeding four months after
the signing of this agreement.


g. Arrangements for a safe passage for persons and
transportation between Gaza Strip and Jericho area.

4. The above agreement will include arrangements for
coordination between both parties regarding passages:

a. Gaza--Egypt; and

b. Jericho--Jordan

----- End Of Quotes -----

Based upon the contents of the Declaration Of Principles,
the following year, on May 4, 1994, Palestinian President,
Yasser Arafat, signed another interim document with then
Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin. This agreement is
known as the Gaza-Jericho Autonomy Agreement, and is also
referred to as the Cairo Agreement, being as it was signed
in Cairo, Egypt. The signing of this document was witnessed
by representatives of the governments of the United States
of America, the Russian Federation, and the Arab Republic of
Egypt. Please notice that the Jericho area is an important
element contained in this particular agreement. As a matter
of historical interest, Jericho was one of the very first
cities which was conquered by Joshua and the Israelites,
after they had crossed the Jordan River, coming in from what
is now known as Jordan, and then as Moab. You may recall the
story of the harlot, Rahab, who protected the Israeli spies
by hiding them under her roof:

"And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to
spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And
they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and
lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying,
Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of
Israel to search out the country. And the king of Jericho
sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come
to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be
come to search out all the country. And the woman took the
two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto
me, but I wist not whence they were: And it came to pass
about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark,
that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not:
pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. But
she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid
them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order
upon the roof." (Joshua 2:1-6)

"And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are
therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she
and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the
messengers that we sent...And the young men that were spies
went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her
mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they
brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp
of Israel...And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her
father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth
in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the
messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho."
(Joshua 6:17, 23, 25)

"By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that
believed not, when she had received the spies with peace."
(Hebrews 11:31)

"Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works,
when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out
another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so
faith without works is dead also." (James 2:25-26)

Returning to the Cairo Agreement of 1994, please notice that
the following excerpts from said document reiterate the fact
that Israel is required to withdraw its military forces from
the Gaza Strip and from the West Bank; and that from the
date on which this document was signed, that is, on May 4,
1994, the five-year interim period would begin. In other
words, five years later, by May 4, 1999, the entire peace
process is supposed to be completed. By that time, the final
status of Jersualem is supposed to be determined, and the
Palestinian people are supposed to have their own autonomous
homeland; that is, a Palestinian State:

----- Begin Quotes -----

Article II: Scheduled Withdrawal of Israeli Military Forces

1. Israel shall implement an accelerated and scheduled
withdrawal of Israeli military forces from the Gaza Strip
and from the Jericho Area to begin immediately with the
signing of this Agreement. Israel shall complete such
withdrawal within three weeks from this date'.

2. Subject to the arrangements included in the Protocol in
the concerning Withdrawal of Israeli Military Forces and
Security Arrangements attached as Annex 1, the Israeli
withdrawal shall include evacuating all military bases and
other fixed installations to be handed over to the
Palestinian police, to be established pursuant to Article IX
below (hereinafter "the Palestinian Police").

3. In order to carry out Israel's responsibility for
external security and for internal security and public order
of settlements and Israelis, Israel shall concurrently with
the withdrawal, redeploy its remaining military forces to
the Israeli settlements and Military Installation Area, in
accordance with the provisions of this agreement. Subject to
the provisions of this Agreements, this redeployment shall
constitute full implementation of Article XIII of the
Declaration of Principles with regard to the Gaza Strip and
Jericho Area only.

4. For the purpose of this Agreement, "Israeli military
forces" may include Israeli police and other Israeli
security forces.

5. Israelis, including Israeli military forces, may continue
to use roads freely within the Gaza Strip and the Jericho
Area. Palestinians may use public roads crossing the
settlements freely, as provided for in Annex I.

6. The Palestinian police shall be deployed and shall assume
responsibility for public order and internal security of
Palestinians in accordance with this Agreement and Annex I.


4. Upon the completion of the Israeli withdrawal and the
transfer of powers and responsibilities as detailed in Annex
II, the Civil Administration in the Gaza Strip and the
Jericho Area will be dissolved and the Israeli military
government will be withdrawn. The withdrawal of the military
government shall not prevent it from continuing to exercise
the powers and responsibilities specified in this Agreement.


Article XXIII: Final Clauses

1. This Agreement shall enter into force on the date of its

2. The arrangements establishing by this Agreement shall
remain in force until and to the superseded by the Interim
Agreement referred to in the Declaration Principles or any
other agreement between the Parties.

3. The five-year interim period referred to in the
Declaration of Principles commences on the date of the
signing of this Agreement.


----- End Of Quote -----

One point I wish to emphasize here, is that this talk of a
five-year interim period, by the end of which time the
Palestinian State is supposed to come into existence, has
been discussed since 1978 when the Camp David Accords were
first signed. As I pointed out earlier, the Palestinian
people have been relying upon diplomatic means for more than
twenty years now; just waiting for their dreams to become a
reality. It is for this very reason that after waiting for
fifteen years, the Palestinian people, under the leadership
of Yasser Arafat, made sure that clause number three under
the Final Clauses section of Article XXIII of the Cairo
Agreement, clearly states 'The five-year interim period
referred to in the Declaration of Principles commences on
the date of the signing of this Agreement'. In this way,
there is a clear record, and a clear understanding, that by
May 4, 1999, Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, does
indeed have a legal right to unilaterally declare the birth
of the Palestinian State.

It is because Israel has continually dragged its feet in
regards to troop withdrawal, that this very same issue was a
major point included in the Wye Memorandum of late 1998. As
we all know, not only did the Israeli Knesset stall for
several weeks before finally ratifying the Wye Accord, even
though both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, jointly signed it in
Washington, D.C., but even after they did ratify it, only a
short time after that, they reneged on it again, and brought
the withdrawal of Israeli military forces from the Occupied
Lands to a complete halt. While various reasons have been
cited by the Israelis for taking this decisive action, their
primary argument is based upon terms such as the following,
which were incorporated into the 1993 Declaration Of
Principles, and in the 1994 Cairo Agreement:

----- Begin Quotes -----

From the Declaration Of Principles:

3. Further redeployments to specified locations will be
gradually implemented commensurate with the assumption of
responsibility for public order and internal security by the
Palestinian police force pursuant to Article VIII above.

From the Cairo Agreement:

Article XVIII: Prevention Of Acts

Both sides shall take all measures necessary in order to
prevent acts of terrorism, crime and hostilities directed
against each other, against individuals falling under the
other's authority and against their property, and shall take
legal measures against offenders. In addition, the
Palestinian side shall take all measures necessary to
prevent such hostile acts directed against the settlement,
the infrastructure serving them and the military
installation area, and the Israeli side shall take all
measures necessary to prevent such hostile acts emanating
from the settlements and directed against Palestinians.

----- End Of Quote -----

If one carefully considers these clauses, he realizes that
they are a legal loophole which can easily be used by the
shrewd and manipulative Jews, to keep the peace process in
jeopardy for many years to come; and I don't doubt that this
may be precisely what they want to do. The longer the Jews
procrastinate, and delay the final status agreement, which
will decide the fate of Jerusalem, as well as establish the
Palestinian State, the more time they will have to entrench
themselves deeper in East Jerusalem and the West Bank; by
continuing to expand current settlements, as well as by
establishing new ones; even though the world community has
already condemned them for doing this very thing. Not only
that, but it also gives the Israelies more time to continue
expanding their military capabilities.

I dare say that even if there was never another car bomb
explosion in Jerusalem, or in some other city in Israel, the
shrewd Israelies would still twist these terms, and apply
them to any number of other situations, in order to prove
that Israel's security is still at grave risk by fanatical
Palestinians. They could even point to such incidents as
young Palestinian teenagers throwing rocks at armed Israeli
soldiers. Let's be honest here. Isn't it being rather naive
to even suggest that the time is going to arrive when all
feelings of hatred, racism and mistrust are going to be
completely eradicated from the minds and the hearts of all
Israelies and Palestinians? This 'family feud' has been
going on for literally thousands of years. A few signed
documents is not going to change what has been thought and
felt for such a long time. For those of my readers who are
Americans, allow me to ask you; have all negative feelings
ever been erased between whites and blacks in the United
States of America since its founding two hundred and
twenty-three years ago? Of course not.

In short, because these feelings will always exist, there
are always going to be clashes at some level between the
Israeli and Palestinian societies; some more violent than
others. This is by no means meant to condone such acts of
violence; but it is to show that as long as even one single
incident occurs, Israel will always claim to have a valid
reason for not withdrawing its troops from the Occupied
Territories, and for thus not fulfilling all of its various
obligations under the agreements it has signed with the PLO.
Security could remain an issue for years to come. Sadly,
this Jewish ruse is strengthened in the United States by the
simple fact that the shrewd Jews control just about every
form of mass media in that country. While many Americans may
deny this fact, the simple truth of the matter is that they
are psychologically manipulated every single day of their
lives. Every time they turn on the radio, or the television
set, or read a newspaper or magazine, they are being subtly
indoctrinated by the Zionist Controllers.

A primary example of this, which directly relates to the
topic of this article, is the American perception regarding
the Arab people, such as the Palestinians. If one were to
foolishly believe everything he hears, sees or reads by way
of the American mass media, he would quickly come to the
erroneous conclusion that all Palestinians are terrorists.
Every Palestinian is a fanatic who quotes the Qur'an as he
straps a bomb to his back, or tapes grenades all over his
body. While such a thought is indeed ludicrous, nonetheless,
it is the erroneous stereotypical image that has actually
been created in the minds and hearts of many Americans by
those manipulative Jews; just as those same Jews have done a
great job at brainwashing many Americans in regards to the
issue of anti-semitism. Just say one critical word against
the Jews, and you are branded as being anti-semitic; and yet
we are told that freedom of speech exists in America.

The fact of the matter is, that real incidents of terrorism
in Israel are carried out by an extremely small minority of
Palestinians; mostly by misguided teenagers and young men
who are influenced by others. The Palestinian people as a
whole, are just like you and me. They have feelings. They
weep. They are happy. They suffer broken hearts. They suffer
hunger. They long for a better future for their children.
They have to worry about paying their bills. They have to
hope that tomorrow the Jews won't lock down their borders,
and thus prevent them from working at their jobs in Israel.
They fear that perhaps tomorrow the Jews might claim their
land as a part of their expansionist policy, and bulldozer
their house, thus leaving them homeless. They worry that
their children might be shot and killed by a nervous Israeli

If I were so foolish as to judge a nation, or a people, by
the actions of a few, as the Jewish-controlled mass media
has caused many Americans to do regarding the Palestinians,
then I would probably come to the erroneous conclusion that
every American must no doubt be a serial killer, or else gay
or lesbian, or maybe a drug user, or perhaps an abortionist,
or maybe an unbridled sex fiend, or a politically corrupt
liar and perjuror, or maybe a murderer who eats his victims,
or a God-hating atheist, or a gangster, or perhaps even a
crazy terrorist who sends out mail bombs, or who blows up
buildings! Due to my misguided understanding, I could look
at different things happening within the United States,
being committed by isolated individuals, or perhaps even by
the government, and convince myself that the United States
of America is just one dangerous nation full of a lot of
sick and mentally unbalanced people! Tell me though; would
my assessment be correct? I am sure you see the point I am
making here.

Now, allow me to clarify something for you. Just because I
have shown a degree of sympathy and understanding for the
cause of the Palestinian people, does not mean that I fully
support them in every way. As a Christian, it is my primary
responsibility to view everyone, regardless of their ethnic
origin, from the perspective of whether or not they receive
the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ when they hear it.
In this regard, the vast majority of both the Israelies and
Palestinians do greatly err. As I point out in some of my
other articles, while both parties claim to believe in the
one true God of Heaven, both deny the Divine Sonship, as
well as the Messiahship of Jesus Christ. While the physical
wellbeing of the Palestinian people is important, it is
their spiritual wellbeing which is of greater importance to
the Lord. Everything else is secondary. As far as our Father
in Heaven is concerned, what is most important to Him is
whether or not a person's sins have been blotted out by the
Blood of His dear Son.

What we see then, is that because of these security clauses
which are contained in these Agreements, there exists the
potential for the government of Israel to stall the peace
process for a very long time to come; because I seriously
doubt that the Israelies will ever be completely satisified
with the endeavors being made by the Palestinian National
Authority to control its population. Israel will be able to
accuse the government of Yasser Arafat of non-compliance
with the stated security measures at the slightest incident
or provocation; and thus claim to have a valid reason for
not fulfilling its own obligations under the various accords
it has signed with the Palestinians. Perhaps it is for this
very reason that Arafat and the Palestinian negotiators made
certain the the Cairo Agreement clearly spelled out when the
five-year interim period was to begin, as well as when it
will end. As we have seen, the deadline for full Palestinian
autonomy is on May 4, 1999.

This brings us to our final point for this article; and that
is this: Will Yasser Arafat keep his pledge to his people?
Recent news reports seem to suggest that while President
Arafat has talked tough in the past, he may be showing signs
of weakness. Following are various excerpts taken from a CNN
news report issued on January 11, 1999, in which Arafat
makes various comments regarding the May 4, 1999 deadline:

----- Begin Quotes -----

"We cannot bypass that date simply because one of the
parties (Israel) wants to keep it hostage to its narrow
domestic calculations, by procrastinating and freezing
negotiations and agreements ...," Arafat told a group of
world leaders and Palestinian lawmakers gathered in the West
Bank town of Ramallah.

"We are not going to reverse our position on peace despite
everything the present Israeli government is doing. ... We
will not go back to confrontation, and we will not allow
anybody to stop the historic reconciliation between our
peoples," he added.

"We have the full right to say that May 4 is a date to be
respected. But at the same time, if the world comes to us
with 'What are you going to do on May 4?' we say the
question should be addressed by all those who signed the
agreement," Erakat said.

Some observers say the Palestinian leadership is looking for
a face-saving formula, perhaps one backed by the United
States, that would allow a delay in the declaration of

----- End Of Quotes -----

With barely three and a half months to go before the stated
five-year deadline is reached, we don't have long to find
out what the Palestinian leader will do. As I state in other
Endtime articles, there is a possibility that we may see war
first, which will be temporarily halted by a plastic seven
year peace accord; or we may see the final agreement signed
first, which will decide the fate of East Jerusalem, as well
as that of the Palestinian people; only to be abruptly
abrogated after the first three and a half years by an Arab
invasion of East Jerusalem. No matter how, or in what order
they happen, as Christians, we should all anticipate some
world-shaking events to occur soon in the Middle East. While
these may be terrible times for those who are directly
involved in them, as well as for those who are affected by
them in an indirect way, let us not forget our Lord's words
when He said:

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up,
and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
(Luke 21:28)

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