Arafat will be displaced within 6 months, IDF says
The IDF's General Staff has reached the conclusion that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's stature is dropping so precipitously that there is no need for Israel to push him out of the territories.
This analysis, following President George W. Bush's speech calling for a new, different Palestinian leadership and the opening of Operation Determined Path, has been presented to the political echelon. It says Arafat's prestige has been so damaged that there is no need for action on Israel's part to expel Arafat. A senior military source told Ha'aretz that "chances are increasing that within six months, Arafat's standing will have declined so much that he won't be able to prevent a new, pragmatic leadership from emerging, which will lead the Palestinians to a compromise with Israel."
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Maybe the IDF is correct in its assessment. But I still think that that the best chance for the world to rid itself of arch-terrorist Arafat is due to his serious health problems. Either way, the world will be a better place without the Palestinian "Ra'is."