Fox News Channel host Geraldo Rivera appeared on Fox & Friends on Friday where he struggled to defend the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, as well as the decision by Barack Hussein Obama to stand beneath his portrait during a joint press conference withMahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.
Mediaite Rivera attempted to explain to the incredulous Fox hosts that Arafat, implicated in scores of terrorist acts, was the Palestinian equivalent of George Washington.
According to Camera Organization, groups under Arafat’s direct or indirect command – including Fatah, Black September, Tanzim and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade – were responsible for hundreds of bombings, hijackings, assassinations and other attacks, including the 1972 murder of 11 of Israel’s Olympic athletes in Munich, the 1973 murder of the American ambassador to Sudan, Cleo Noel, and the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruiseship (resulting in the murder of wheelchair-bound Leon Klinghoffer)
“Arafat is generally regarded as the George Washington of the Palestinian people,” Rivera continued. “Did George Washington steal from the American colonies?” asked a shocked Brian Kilmeade. “This guy stole billions of dollars from his own people and then died without telling anyone where he put it.”
Rivera reminded the hosts that Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. (Yet turned down the Bill Clinton negotiated peace agreement with Israel that would have given Arafat 95% of what he wanted)
Kilmeade reminded Rivera that they all agreed that Arafat killed and stole from people and the White House still let the president stand beneath a his portrait. “There’s no doubt about it that Nobel Peace Prize should never have gone to him because Bill Clinton said the biggest mistake of his presidency was banking on him to bring peace because he was never sincere,” Kilmeade exclaimed.
“Well, you know, that may all be true,” Rivera agreed. However, he said that Arafat remains a Palestinian hero. “I think that for you to make him something that, from the point of view of an American president or the American people, I think is unfair,” Rivera added.