TITLE

Rigor Mortis

AUTHOR(S)
Klein Halevi, Yossi
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;11/15/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 20, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article analyzes the Arab-Israeli conflict upon the expected death of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. With Sharon's goal of outlasting Arafat seemingly close to fruition, there's satisfaction in the prime minister's office, but little joy. That's because the new Palestinian leadership that succeeds Arafat almost certainly won't deliver on Israel's nonnegotiable demands for renewing peace talks: disarming terrorists and dismantling their operational command. The post-Arafat PA won't disarm Hamas and Fatah's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Instead, the PA likely will offer Israel yet another cease-fire. For Sharon, that's the worst of all possible options. Four years of terrorism have made a comprehensive peace impossible for the foreseeable future, both because Israelis won't trust the Palestinians to share Jerusalem and because no PA leader will waive the idea that Palestinian refugees should return to pre-1967 Israel. Beyond controlling terrorism, the real challenge of the post-Arafat era will be nurturing a changed Palestinian debate over Israel's legitimacy.
ACCESSION #
15078708

 

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