Arafat's Plot to Thwart the U.S.

Furious that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat hasn't halted terror attacks on Israelis, the U.S. wants thorough reform of his Palestinian Authority. Mainly, American diplomats are pushing to convert Arafat's presidency to a purely ceremonial post, shifting the real business of running the government to a new, popularly elected Prime Minister. But Arafat has other ideas.

He told his Cabinet how he plans to thwart the Americans. First, elections will be held in January only if the Israelis pull their troops out of all Palestinian towns--something that looks less likely with each new terror attack, like the Hebrew University bombing last week...

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