Better Without the Boss?

Discontent is at an all-time high within the P.L.O., yet there is no obvious successor to Yasser Arafat

As Yasser Arafat underwent surgery to remove blood clots from his brain last week, it looked, for the second time in two months, as if the Palestinian people might have to get along without their enduring leader. But with the operation a success, it is now clear they will have to carry on with him after all -- a development that has many wondering which outcome would truly have been the more convenient.

Arafat's two intimations of mortality -- the plane crash in the Libyan desert last April and the surgery necessitated by bruising suffered in that mishap -- come at...

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