The AP (via Yahoo!News) reports a new wrinkle in the Arab-Palestinian peace process:

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat stepped in to assert Tuesday that he — not his prime minister — is in charge of the Palestinian side in negotiations with Israel, throwing plans for an Israeli-Palestinian summit into confusion.

Arafat has long outlived his usefulness. It would not be a bad thing if a bullet were to “accidentally” find his skull.

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  1. jen says:

    Surely you jest. 😉

    I don’t understand why we (the US) didn’t put more pressure on him long ago. Of course, Clinton was best friends with him, which weirdly gave the terrorist credibility.

  2. Steven says:

    He is clearly an impediment to peace. Of course, I have thought that ever since he rejected that offer at Camp David.

  3. Worst of it all is Bush stopping by an Arab country for a pre-Sharon/Abbas summit. It’s just like Powell building a coalition before getting smacked down by Palestinian insistence on Death to Israel except one idiot higher up on the food chain.

  4. John Lemon says:

    Arafat won a Peace Prize in 1994.

    Hat tip: James Taranto.