This Biography Makes It Clear: The Founder of the Palestinian Popular Front Was Right

Israelis considered George Habash a cruel airline hijacker, but Eli Galia's new Hebrew-language book shows that the PFLP chief's views would have been better for the Palestinians than Arafat's compromises

Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy
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Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy

George Habash was Israel’s absolute enemy for decades, the embodiment of evil, the devil incarnate. Even the title “Dr.” before his name — he was a pediatrician — was considered blasphemous.

Habash was plane hijackings, Habash was terror and terror alone. In a country that doesn't recognize the existence of Palestinian political parties (have you ever heard of a Palestinian political party? — there are only terror groups) knowledge about the man who headed the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was close to zero.

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