Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. (Psalms 122:6)
News reports are rampant with rumors that Yasir Arafat is either dead, in a coma or on life support. What seems certain is that Arafat’s end is nigh.
In my opinion Yasir Arafat has been a miserable failure as a leader. He held on too tightly to the reins of power and surrounded himself with corrupt officials. Too often he appeared to be speaking in two tongues, promising peace on one hand and giving the green-light for terrorism on another. It is my hope that when confirmation of Yasir Arafat’s death arrives (however long that may take) that the Palestinian people will inherit a better and wiser leadership.
Yasir Arafat certainly cannot be blamed for everything that has gone wrong in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ariel Sharon has systematically taken many steps that enraged the Palestinians and destroyed their hopes for a viable Palestinian state. Where there is no hope there is only misery and danger. Israel’s ultimate long-term security will depend on goodwill with its neighbors (particularly the Palestinians) as much as its surpassing military superiority.