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    • British Leftie
    • 02.12.07 | 19:49 (IST)

    For what it's worth, I agree with you - that towards the end there, Arafat veered sharply towards support of terror. I think he gave up on the peace process a couple of years beforehand. FWIW, I think he made already made up his mind to give up on the path of peace BEFORE the Camp David summit. From what I know, many of Arafat's negotiators were urging him to ACCEPT the Camp David/Taba terms -- but to the horror of us all, he refused. The intifada, killed off the peace talks, Barak with it. It was an incredibly stupid decision. As for Abbas - I do think he's a pragmatist, and genuinely interested in a genuine permanent peace agreement and two-state solution. I could be wrong, of course. But that's why I say "let's put him to the test." What have we got to lose? If we condition the implementation of any final status agreement on the dismantling of terrorist organisations, the bar is set high enough that a Palestinian state can only come about if he IS serious.. let's hope so..

    from the article: One PA - with Hamas
    First published 00:00 02.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.12.07
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