“I don’t necessarily agree with that assessment,” Rivera shot back. “He’s a very complex man. Yes, I think it is fair to say he’s the father of modern terrorism, but I hasten to note that Menachem Begin, one of the founding Prime Ministers of Israel, also had the same label back in 1946 when he blew up the King David hotel.”

“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. “We forget how close they came with those Oslo Peace Accords,” Rivera opined. He said that Arafat will go down in history as having a “mixed legacy.”