Arafat: Terrorist or Peacemaker by Alan Hart

4 April 2015
Critical review of work on life, political rise, tactics, leadership & popularity of Palestinian leader.

Alan Hart, in Arafat: Terrorist or Peacemaker?, presents a well-balanced portrait of the Arab leader Yasser Arafat, demonstrating convincingly that he was indeed once a terrorist, using methods of terror to advance what he believed was a just cause, but who then became a true peacemaker. The author does not pretend to argue his case with an eye for objectivity, but instead is dedicated to urging the Americans to use their clout with Israel to persuade that nation to deal with Arafat and to understand the beliefs behind his tactics of the past. In any case, Hart is convinced (and gives the reader a powerful argument to share that convincement) that Arafat must be respected as a major player in any peace which emerges in the Middle East. His book is particularly relevant today as the peace process inches forward between the Palestinians and Israel, and as Arafat…
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