The Fires of Vengeance

Will Yasser Arafat's troubles in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip kill the newly clinched peace accord?

Fortunately for him, Yasser Arafat tolerates drama well. Otherwise, the highs and lows, mostly lows, of recent days might have overtaxed his ballast. In the course of two weeks, Arafat has seen the clinching of a new peace accord with Israel, the worst anti-Palestinian Authority riots ever in the West Bank, the attempted slaughter of 40 Israeli schoolchildren, another botched bombing of a Jerusalem market and the issuing of unprecedented threats against his life. All this for the sake of a peace agreement that most Palestinians think the Israelis will not honor anyway. Arafat has always led a dangerous life. But...

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