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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 4, 2004 / 19 Mar-Cheshvan, 5765

Above everything else, Arafat was a shrewd geopolitician who knew how to manipulate the world to his — not his ‘people's’ — advantage

By Zev Chafets

What the Egyptian-born ‘Palestinian’'s successor needs to know in order to survive

http://www.jewishworldreview.com | I once asked a Palestinian friend who lives in the West Bank how he managed to criticize Yasser Arafat out loud and stay alive. This was years ago, shortly after Palestine Liberation Organization gunmen had murdered a mutual acquaintance of ours, a Palestinian merchant named Joncho, in the doorway of his shop in downtown Ramallah.

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"Joncho had a small family," he said. "I belong to a big clan. I have relatives in Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, all over."


My friend smiled thinly. "Arafat knows he can't touch me. My family would take revenge. We have guns, too."

There have always been two Yasser Arafats. One was the international Arafat — revolutionary performance artist, terrorist pioneer and, in later years, elder statesman. That's the Arafat who appeared at the United Nations with a pistol in his belt, the Arafat who hobnobbed with popes and presidents and won the Nobel Prize for Peace.

International Arafat always has been a master diplomat and astute geopolitician. He realized early that Arab dictators would pay to keep the Palestinian issue alive because it gave them an all-purpose diversion from the disaster they were wreaking on their own societies. He became custodian of the Palestinian grievance for everyone from Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser to the Saudi Royal Family, from Libya's Moammar Khadafy to Saddam Hussein.

Arafat also was lucky in his choice of enemies. Third World nationalists do not usually attract much attention — just ask the Kurds. But taking on Israel put Arafat in the big leagues. He became a hero to the Soviet bloc and, later, to European "progressives" who never really have seen the need for a Jewish state.

But no matter how many capitals he visited, no matter how many accolades he received, there always was a second Arafat, a neighborhood bully for whom all politics was local — and violent.

This Arafat has dominated Palestinian political life for decades for the simplest of reasons: He has always had the most guns.

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Local Arafat was, in his prime, a powerful warlord, but his rule was never absolute. There were lines he could not cross. He rarely went after the sons of powerful clans. And he did not alienate the Palestinian mainstream by making peace with Israel.

True, Arafat came close during the Oslo process. But at Camp David in 2000, he pulled back when he saw that his people would not stand for it.

An agreement would have been seen as an act of betrayal, and Arafat did not have enough guns to make it stick.

Instead, he turned the guns on Israel. The intifadeh was an all-or-nothing gamble, and Arafat lost. For the past two years, he has been holed up in a wrecked bunker, surrounded by flunkies, watching himself disappear. But at least he stayed alive.

Arafat may survive his current medical crisis, too. But he is 75, visibly diminished and detached from reality. His coterie will try to keep him propped up, Oz-like, as long as possible. But that won't be for long.

Who will replace Arafat? There are two answers. Western diplomats almost certainly will seize on one Abu or another as their designated statesman. But eventually this figurehead will run up against the local reality that Arafat both fostered and accepted: The majority of Palestinians do not want peace if it requires a compromise with Israel.

Arafat's real heir will be someone who understands this. Like Arafat, he will be the guy with the most guns and the shrewdest sense of where he can use them — and what Palestinian red lines he cannot cross without winding up dead.

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