The Mystery of Arafat


How has it happened that this man who is mistrusted by other Arab leaders and disliked by many of his own Palestinian colleagues has managed to stay in place as leader of a national movement for nearly twenty years? The enigma that is Arafat is explored in this probing exploration by one of Israel's finest journalists about whose previous book on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Edward Said wrote "a rare Israeli attempt at sympathetic understanding of the Palestinian tragedy.

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