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A New Challenge To Arafat's Rule

Last week Yasser Arafat made an effort to assuage concerns about his rule within the Palestinian Authority by announcing that he wants to hold overdue elections...

What Would Happen If Arafat Were Gone?

As pressure increases on Yasser Arafat to end the violence that threatens to scuttle the peace mission of Anthony Zinni, even a photo op with the U.S. mediator...

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to the Brink

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002 Ariel Sharon loathes Yasser Arafat. If he could do it all over again, Sharon has said, he would have killed Arafat in Lebanon 20 years ago...

Who Wants to Reform the Palestinian Authority?

Suddenly everyone wants to reform the Palestinian Authority. But long before George Bush and Ariel Sharon were pressing to democratize the PA, the Palestinians...

Crisis Forces New Tactics on Sharon, Arafat

Under siege from both sides of his government and desperate to prop up Israelis' sagging morale, Ariel Sharon is mixing his messages. In response to two painful...

Arafat's Envoy

Perhaps Yasser Arafat can't move in Ramallah, but Nabil Shaath, the embattled Palestinian leader's ambassador to the outside world, can't keep still in Cairo...

Arafat Free: What Next?

Yasser Arafat is free. But whether his personal liberty translates into freedom for his people — and peace for Israel — depends on a complex and perilous...

The Scene of the Siege

His electricity and landline phones had been cut by the Israelis, so Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat was using cell and satellite phones to reach...

Quagmire in Ramallah?

The Bush administration may have persuaded itself that Israel's offensive in the West Bank is a brief interlude on the way to a cease-fire, but events on the...

Why Arafat's in No Hurry

Against the backdrop of yet another Palestinian suicide bombing (this time, a failed attempt outside Jerusalem), U.S. mediator Anthony Zinni continues work to...

Is Arafat Ready to Deal?

Yasser Arafat says he's ready to seek an end to the fighting. In the aftermath of Wednesday's shocking terror attack in Israel, the Palestinian leader said he...

Must-Reads from Around the World, July 5, 2012

Yasser Arafat – Al Jazeera English reported the findings of a nine-month investigation July 4 that suggests “the late Palestinian leader may have been poisoned”...

WITH PEACE IN THE CROSS FIRE

Month after month the name Hebron was the byword for a seemingly unsolvable diplomatic dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Hebron: the last major...

An Icon's Journey

Aug. 4, 1929 CHILDHOOD Yasser Arafat is born in Cairo. After the death of his mother in 1933, he is sent to live with an uncle in Jerusalem May 15, 1948 EARLY...

Behind Barghouti's Palestinian Presidential Run

Whether Marwan Barghouti contests the Palestinian presidential election from an Israeli jail, or succumbs to pressure to stand down in the name of national...

Who Will Lead Them Now?

Just a few months after Israeli and Palestinian leaders signed the Oslo peace accord in 1993, Yasser Arafat lamented, as a man without a country, that even his...

From the Shadows to Center Stage

The camera bulbs had barely stopped flashing, but Mahmoud Abbas was already on the spot. After exchanging a photo-op handshake with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel...

Letters

A Chance for Peace? Whatever view one takes of the long struggle between Palestinians and Israelis, a kernel of truth concerning that conflict can be glimpsed...

The Phones Are Dead

In 1998, as Ariel Sharon prepared for his first-ever meeting with a member of Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization, the old general didn't hide his...