Arafat is an incompetent corpulent slob, he's the Jabba the hutt of the Arab world, if you get my analogy . I even heard he tried to open a casino in the west bank.(and the scary thought is that, there's more like him in the mid-east). And you know something, I have a belief, that all these leaders know one another. Whether it be Saddam Hussein or Sharon. They know and communicate with each other. Then it's left to us smaller guys to argue it out, while they enjoy power. But, anyway I think the long term solution is if you create economic opportunity for the region. Lot of these are socio-economic problems in the veneer of religion. Do you think people are going to fight if you create economic opportunity? I know that if me or you were born in a refugee camp with all our dreams squashed, we'd take out our anger as well. Even Ehud Barak said that, if he was born a palestinian child he'd be a fighter. So I think in the long run the soltution will have to be a reasoned one (as most always ends up to be) where both sides realize their mutual advantages and start working along those lines.