This is what Arafat did to his people.
He left them homeless after leading them for more than 50 years with the hope to liberate the land and return to Palestine.
He left his people in poverty, while his family continues to live with millions.
Its too late to go back, and do it all again. Arafat thought he was a Mandela or a Begin. Ironically, he seems to be the only lifelong terrorist that has won a Nobel Peace Prize. It was that famous handshake…the one on the lawn of the White House, with President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin that did it. The world actually had some hope, for a fleeting moment, that peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis might actually come to be. When he turned his back on the Oslo peace accords initiated by Ehud Barak, Arafat sealed his place in history. He failed the test of a leader. He couldn’t take his people past the point of violence and terrorism to a new stage of self-governance. He lacked all integrity. He favored suicide bombings over negotiations. He gave the Palestinians lies and false hopes, and led his people further down the road of violence and terrorism. He was a failure to any realization of a solution. And this is the inheritance of the Palestinian people.
He betrayed the people that he claimed to love, and that he was supposed to lead.
The Palestinian people deserve a leader that will transform the people. It has been years since Arafat’s death. But, there is so much resentment and anger. The Palestinian people cannot afford another Arafat. They need a leader that will recognize Israel, not just as a neighbor, but as an example of what can be done.