What Are They Thinking?

Inside the Minds of... Yasser Arafat, Ariel Sharon

[Yasser Arafat]

It's fair to assume that there are places Yasser Arafat would rather be than imprisoned in his own compound with Israeli tank commanders as wardens. But it's not by mistake that he wound up there. Even if Arafat didn't anticipate exactly how the situation would unfold, this is a war he wanted.

For some time after the first Oslo peace accord in 1993, Arafat appeared to have genuinely embraced the idea of pursuing his political goal--an independent Palestinian state--through negotiations alone. But something flipped. That became evident two summers ago when, at talks at Camp David, the Israelis...

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