Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The President Receives Us

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The President Receives Us

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THE DELEGATION VISITED President Yasser Arafat in his partially destroyed Ramallah headquarters. We found no photos of the spry and charismatic leader. Instead there is a portrait of International Solidarity Movement volunteers Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndell, killed by Israeli soldiers. Despite an internal upheaval in his government, Arafat took the time to meet with us for two hours and provide us lunch. "We are in need of friends," he told us.

Arafat has met with every U.S. President except for Ronald Reagan and George W Bush. He met with Bill Clinton 23 times, he noted, and still hopes that the American people will help both Palestinians and Israelis achieve the peace of the brave in the Land of Peace. The Holy Land is not for just Israelis or Palestinians, he said, but for the whole world.

Arafat said he and the entire Arab world have accepted the Saudi Arabian initiative and the road map for peace. It's Sharon who had 14 reservations, he noted, and now is insisting on his own road map. Now neither Israel nor the United States speaks to Arafat.

Arafat leapt to his feet to show us a Christmas candle from the church where President Bush prays.

"You Americans made peace in South Africa. …

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