Arafat's Zero Motivation

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been free from the Israeli siege on his headquarters for one month--long enough, arguably, to demonstrate whether he is sincere this time about cracking down on Palestinian terrorists. In the current environment, though, it seems Arafat's desires, whatever they may be, are not enough. His security forces were so battered by recent Israeli military incursions that they are almost completely ineffectual, according to Arafat's senior aides. "Our capability is zero," Jibril Rajoub, head of preventive security in the West Bank, told TIME. "Our motivation also is zero." In today's climate, Palestinian commanders are loath to be...

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