Arafat's Long Journey

He has remade his cause. On the brink of history, he now worries about a legacy

It would be a stretch to call Yasser Arafat confused. But watching him--at home, at Camp David or at other stops on the international stage--has been to see a man in search of an identity. Some days he seems to promise an imminent Palestinian state. Other days, insiders say, he agrees to postpone an announcement of statehood until after the U.S. presidential elections. He can't decide if he's supposed to go through doors before or after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

What is clear is that Arafat is searching for a legacy that will fit his ambitions for himself and for...

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