But unlike the blood on his hands, it wouldn’t stick.
Nine years have lapsed since the death of former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, and his widow revealed that she attempted to divorce him over 100 times, but that he prevented her from doing so.
“I loved Arafat, but the marriage to him was a big mistake on my part,” said Suha Arafat to the Sabah Turkish newspaper.
“I know there were a lot of women that wanted to marry Arafat. However, it was my fate,” said 49-year-old Suha who married Arafat in 1990 when she was 27, and he, 61.
A lot of women wanted to marry Arafat? Oh, please!
“I was engaged to a French attorney and then I met Arafat. I secretly married him in Tunisia, I didn’t even wear a wedding dress then. My mother was against the marriage and later, I understood why. Had I known what I would endure, I clearly wouldn’t have married him. True, he was a huge leader, but I was lonely,” said Suha.
She revealed that in their 14 years of matrimony, until his 2004 death, she tried leaving him time and again – but to no avail. “I tried to leave him hundreds of times, but he wouldn’t let me.”
“Everyone knows how he wouldn’t permit me to leave. Especially those in his servitude, they know very well what it was like,” she added.
Along with her admission regarding her marriage to the Palestinian leader, Suha discussed the rumors about her.
“Yes, I am regretful. Even when he was with me, I was forced to defend myself. I was slaughtered by gossip against me, even Ceausescu’s wife told me in a conversation once that in person, I am nothing like what is written about me in the media.”
I wonder if Ceasescu’s wife also mentioned what Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, the former head of Romanian intelligence, said about her hubby.
About the AuthorAn Australian immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave has been blogging since early 2003.
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