Yasser Arafat and Israel's Internal Battles

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After the recent suicide bombings, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon accused Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority of supporting terrorism and retaliated by striking Palestinian installations with fighter jets. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says the two can't make peace by themselves, but US Middle East envoy Anthony Zinni has threatened to go home without significant progress in 48 hours. With the Labor Party poised to vote on whether it should pull out, can Sharon hold his unity government together? We sample Israeli public opinion about their country, its settlements, and the future of its peace movement, with an Israeli pollster, government representatives, and a founding member of Israel's Peace Now movement.
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Federal Aviation Administration

Gush Etzion

Israeli Government

Jerusalem Report

Likud Party

Palestinian Authority

Peace Now

Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research

Los Angeles Times



Warren Olney