Propping Up Yasser

Arafat has problems galore in Gaza, so the Israelis attempt to bolster him by granting him more authority

November has not been kind to Yasser Arafat. He has suffered unprecedented public protests against his rule in the Gaza Strip, including the humiliation of being ousted from a funeral by jeering constituents. Palestinian authorities disclosed a rare outbreak of cholera, after initially denying the news. And, worst of all, Arafat's Islamic opponents pledged to continue their campaign of violence against Israel, and to include his security forces among their targets. Late last week a suicide bomber bicycled into a group of Israeli soldiers and police near the Israeli settlement of Netzarim in the Gaza Strip and detonated the explosives strapped...

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