Arafat's Last Stand?

As the walls crumble around Palestine's old soldier, his friends grow fewer and fewer

Trapped between the imminent threat of an Israeli army bulldozer crashing through a ground-floor wall or catching a bullet on an upper floor, Yasser Arafat spent much of last Friday and Saturday on the second floor of his Ramallah refuge telephoning Arab and European leaders to ask for support and fuming at the latest Israeli incursion into his West Bank compound. With his oldest enemies once again closing in around him and allies questioning whether they should continue to support him, Arafat was assailed from above and below.

The Israeli military operation, dubbed Matter of Time, was launched in response to...

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