After Arafat

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photoPalestinian leader Yasser Arafat has always had one goal: the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. He has battled for decades and aroused mixed feelings around the world.

Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for signing the Oslo Peace Accords, which set Israel and the Middle East on a clear path to peace. But the promise of peace has dissolved since Oslo, and fingers keep pointing at Arafat for the Palestinians' current mortal situation.

Now Arafat is in critical condition in a Paris hospital, his health reportedly deteriorating by the day. As some are speculating on his imminent death, Palestinian leaders in the West Bank are holding emergency meetings on how to prevent unrest.

Tune in for a deep look at hard decisions looming for Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans after an ailing Arafat.


Glen Frankel, foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, in Paris

Harvey Morris, Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, in Ramallah

Mohammed Abu-Nimer, professor at American University's School of International Service, International Peace, and Conflict Resolution, author of Dialogue, Conflict Resolution and Change: The Case of Arabs and Jews in Israel

Henry Siegman, senior fellow and director of the U.S.-Middle East Project at The Council on Foreign Relations, author of U.S. Middle East Policy & the Peace Process

Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at the Middle East Institute at Columbia University

Aaron Miller, president of Seeds of Peace, served as advisor to six secretaries of state including Colin Powell, and has helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli peace process

Barry Rubin, director of global research and international affairs in Tel Aviv, author of Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography.

This program aired on November 4, 2004.


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