It's interesting to see an onlooker's view because that's how you appear, as a rather distant onlooker who hasn't watched all the game. You see Arafat as between peace and terror. In 2000 when Barak made his surprisingly generous offer to Arafat the whole of Israel was amazed that he turned it down and we couldn't work out why. Perhaps you remember that almost all his demands had been met in this offer and he came up with a new demand of right of return on the spot. After he died we knew why he had done this when we heard about his bank balance. The man had amassed eight billion dollars by running the world's most flamboyant liberation movement. He wasn't interested in peace because he might have been expected to have disbursed his illegally obtained gains and he would have been involved in the actual hard work of setting up a state, no glory and all nitty gritty. As for Abbas, who knows. He doesnt let on much but I do know his PhD thesis was on Holocaust denial.
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