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 (see below) could not rouse the Palestinian leader to a show of optimism. Many in Israel are just as disillusioned with Arafat as he appears to be with Zinni. A growing number of right-wing politicians want Israel to put an end to Arafat's regime. According to an Israeli newspaper poll, 66% of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud Party believe that Arafat should be kicked out of the West Bank and Gaza; 36% favor...

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