Several years before his death, Arafat had a Palestinian-Israeli peace treaty within his grasp, because Israel was willing to make huge concessions. Even so, Arafat walked away from the table. Why? Youssef, present with his father at many meetings with Arafat, disclosed that Arafat was afraid of losing his personal power, control and wealth. Of course, this is not unique to the Middle East. Groups everywhere have their leaders who will fail those they represent in order to maintain power, control and prosperity for themselves. As I am not a scholar of Arafat, works good or bad, by sheer odds the Nobel Peace Prize community must have had their reasons, albeit possibly political.
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