Middle East: Delayed Gratification For Yasser Arafat

Delayed Gratification For Yasser Arafat

According to a senior official of the Palestinian Authority, YASSER ARAFAT has agreed to postpone the declaration of Palestinian statehood he has repeatedly threatened to make on May 4, the date the interim Oslo peace accords expire. The timing became problematic once the Israelis scheduled elections for May 17. As much as Arafat may abhor the idea of allowing Prime Minister BENJAMIN NETANYAHU to crow that his tough positions forced the Palestinian leader to back down, he fears a declaration would inflame Israeli passions and thereby help Netanyahu's re-election efforts.

According to the Palestinian official, Arafat is trying to extract...

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