In the Jan. 12 front-page obituary, “Warrior Sharon defended Israel,” The Post again repeated the media-inspired canard that Ariel Sharon’s “controversial visit in September 2000 to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount . . . helped trigger a second Palestinian uprising that smothered hopes for a final agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.” The Mitchell report, which was set up to determine the origins of the violence, concluded that “the Sharon visit did not cause the Al Aqsa Intifada.” Suha Arafat, wife of Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, admitted during a 2012 interview that “Yasser Arafat had made a decision to launch an Intifada immediately after the failure of Camp David” negotiations.
Common logic suggests that violence is triggered by a conscious decision by one side to enter war. Arguing otherwise sets a dangerous precedent that any nonviolent action is responsible for initiating a violent response. Therefore, the implication is that, however heinous a Palestinian action is, it is precipitated by something Israel did. Israel is thus blamed for intifadas, suicide bombings, continued rocket fire from Gaza and more.