It sounds like Yasser Arafat might not make it. In his degrading health over the last couple years, I’ve often wondered how things will change in the Middle East post-Arafat.
Many politicians have found Arafat to be a roadblock to peace because of his questionable ties with Palestinian terrorist groups, and his history of fighting for the Palestinian cause. Others have even blamed Arafat for ordering suicide bombings in revenge for Palestinian deaths.
I wonder if a world without Arafat will help to come to a quicker solution, or if there will be a loss of control over the Palestinian Military groups. Maybe a more radical leader will emerge, and more suicide bombings ordered. Or maybe the new leaders will be more willing to come to terms with a solution for peace. The Israeli government has often discussed assassinating Arafat, so now they have their wish. But whether this will help them at all is questionable.