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  •  not really a rush (2.00)
    Sure, Clinton wanted to seal the deal by the end of his term, but Arafat had been negotiating on and off with the Israelis for at least 5 years by that point. If Arafat's concern was delivering, that's quite ironic -- he never laid the groundwork for true peace, which is conditioning the Palestinian populace to not hate Israelis. (That has to happen on both sides, of course). Arafat has never truly prepared his people for living in peace with Israelis.  If he had, he would've been able to negotiate more freely.  Ability is one thing, willingness is quite another.
    •  Re: not really a rush (2.33)
      "Sure, Clinton wanted to seal the deal by the end of his term, but Arafat had been negotiating on and off with the Israelis for at least 5 years by that point. If Arafat's concern was delivering, that's quite ironic -- he never laid the groundwork for true peace"

      Paul in Berkeley, you are either massively ill-informed, or a flat-out liar.

      Arafat had spent the 5 years before Taba living up to the spirit and letter of the Oslo accords.  Israeli governments spent the same period of time breaking the Oslo accords, building more illegal settlements, and ignoring agreed-upon deadlines.

      Now who was laying the groundwork for peace?

      •  That's just silly (none)
        FD, that's just silly. Be careful about accusing me of being a liar.  Neither side lived up to its obligations 100%.  Israel has persisted in building and expanding settlements, which is a violation and a provocation, sure. At the same time, Arafat has had an on-again, off-again relationship with his security obligations. He has never fully cracked down on the various terrorist factions such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad -- at times he'll round people up, but his jails were justifiably criticized for having revolving doors.  

        When you try to make believe that Arafat is Mother Teresa, you undercut your credibility.

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