Stop Shunning Arafat, Allies Tell the U.S.

Since he took office, President Bush has refused to meet with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Amid growing worldwide calls for him to do so when both were in New York City last week to address the U.N. General Assembly, Bush's National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, explained the stonewalling. "You cannot help us with al-Qaeda," she said, "and hug [terrorist groups] Hizballah or Hamas." But the U.S. approach has others apopleptic. Even back in August, before Sept. 11 raised the stakes, de facto Saudi leader Crown Prince Abdullah sent a blunt message to Bush: "You've left us no choice but to take...

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