Can Yasser Arafat Hold onto His Job?

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Yasser Arafat faces what could be his most serious challenge since he established the Palestinian Authority10 years ago. This weekend's appointment of his cousin to head security forces sparked violent protests against cronyism and corruption, and moved Ahmed Qurei to quit his job, saying that -chaos cannot bring victory,- except to the enemy, Israel. Although the Prime Minister has tentatively withdrawn his resignation, Arafat has barely been able to hold his government together. Can he hold off a new generation of Palestinians hungry for power? Is chaos in Gaza a threat to Israel, or does it play into the hands of Ariel Sharon? What are the prospects for international intervention? Warren Olney hears from journalists and experts in the Middle East, an Arab American activist, and the Prime Minister's chief negotiator.
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