After Bush said the Palestinians should find another leaderand get rid of Yasser Arafat, Arab leaders have had to cometo terms with the fact that neither the U.S. or Israel willdeal with him anymore. U.S. State Department spokesmanRichard Boucher confirmed this when he said that Secretaryof State Colin Powell “has no plans to talk to chairmanArafat. I think we made that quite clear.”

Arafat’s former Arab allies are now searching for areplacement they can support. “The idea is to make it clearto the Palestinians that Arafat is the sole obstacle to thegoal of achieving a Palestinian state,” an Arab diplomaticsource says. “This has placed unprecedented pressure onArafat.”
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