On January 9, 2005, the Palestinians will elect a new leader. Is there any reason to believe that this will lead to a positive result for the Palestinians? Judge for yourself on the basis of recent history. Yasir Arafat is the only modern leader the Palestinians have known. He gave them world recognition and placed onto the world stage their plight as refugees and as a population under occupation.
But Arafat’s methods were often self-defeating, making the name “Palestinian” synonymous with “terrorist” until Osama bin Laden took that title away. Even when he was young, the leader was known among Palestinians as “the old man.”