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http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/arafat.html I would say that this guy had good intentions. But I think war is wrong period. They got a Nobel Peace Prize so I'm sure he was a great guy.
I have mixed feelings about this guy. The PLO-Palestinian conflict is something I deplore; nearly every conflict between the two groups has been shadowed and perpetuated with unnecessary bloodshed. Yasser did a lousy job as the head of the PLO and helped perpetuate a conflict (terrorism and such), and I personally feel that his change to a more peaceful agenda was based on purely political and economic motivations, and that the Nobel Prize was hastily given as a sort of motivation to pursue peace rather than an actual mark of accomplishment. While I acknowledge that some of what he did the end was beneficial, everything else he did before that outweighs anything possibly good by a mile. Mostly, Yasser just makes me sad for the world. However, I advise you to conduct your own research - just be careful on where your sources are. For example, the Nobel Prize website will be biased in favor of him, and a Jewish online library will be opposed. Good luck :)
No. The welfare of his people, the Palestinians, steadily declined throughout his leadership, and by the end of it nearly any who were talented and ambitious had long ago emigrated elsewhere in the world. What's left is mostly the poor, hopeless, and untalented. If he was a successful leader, his people should have ended up better. If circumstances conspired against him, and he was simply unable to lead them to better times, then if he was an honest man, he should have admitted his inadequacy and stepped down, to give someone else a chance. He did neither of these things.
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It depends. Yasser Arafat is an extremely controversial figure depending on who you speak to. wach's answer has several good points on this perspective. The old saying that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter can be applied to Arafat which further muddies the issue. To the Israelis, and to many others outside of their Middle East, Arafat's reputation as a an instigator of violent terror and their allies can't be washed away by a Nobel Peace Prize. In their view, being named as a fellow recipient of the Prize holds as much meaning as when Time magazine made Hitler their Man of the Year in 1938. To them, he will never be a "good" guy even though he wished for peace after so many years of bloodshed. The failure to curb the violence of the Second Intifada even after he was president of the PLO further damaged his credibility in the eyes of the world especially when there were suggestions that he secretly tolerated such attacks as a means of political leverage after perceiving Israel to have left behind the Oslo Accords. Even among the Palestinians, opinions are divided, especially after holding out an olive branch to Israel. The more hardline and extremist elements of his party, and among his allies and rivals within Palestine and elsewhere, viewed him as a traitor for recognizing Israel as a state and accepting their deal of political recognition for his party as part of the peace process. On the other hand, Arafat did succeed in pushing forward a plan in the Oslo Accords in the early 90s that was aimed to set up an eventual "two-state" solution with Palestinian independence. It granted greater autonomy for Palestine from Israel and was seen by many as a major change in attitude. Arafat renounced violence and officially recognized Israel (the last for which he was excoriated by a number of friends and enemies) and Israel recognized the PLO as a political body. It was seen by many observers as the first step towards legitimizing a Palestinian state and an important step forward in what has been a bloody conflict going back decades. Unfortunately, the goodwill behind the Oslo Accords has been all but exhausted today with both sides blaming the other for their failure many years later. So it depends on who you speak to. Undoubtedly, many regular Palestinians still see him as a heroic freedom fighter who embodied their struggle for independence against overwhelming odds and as someone who did his part to take them out of the impoverished conditions brought on by Israeli oppression. In that context and from that perspective, he is regarded as a "good" guy. Yet the bloody path he carved through history has also earned him undying enmity from his foes and the survivors of his attacks regardless of his change of heart in the nineties. It's not too difficult to guess that, especially among many Israelis, he will always be regarded as a man of violence, hate, and someone never to be trusted - a "wolf in sheep's clothing". The best that anyone from the outside can probably say about him is that unlike the world's consensus over Albert Einstein as one of the greatest minds of humanity, there is no consensus over someone like Arafat as being "good" or "bad". In the end, the only real answer here may be in that violence, any violence, is never "good".
Thank you all for your answers. I've heard about Yasser Arafat from quite few people and everyone says a different thing. I honestly couldn't decide whether he is "good" or "bad" but I think I'm leaning more to the bad side. One of my Syrian relative said that " No, he is not good. Countries around Palestine felt sad about Palestine and started to give Yasser Arafat money to help Palestine, but he didnt do anything! He would've helped thousands of Palestinians. But Palestine remains as it is, defeated." Her answer was more like Carl_Pham's answer. I've asked a close friend of mine too. She's Palestinan, loves Palestine and Yasser Arafat a lot! And I was like, " Why on earth do you like him?" And she started telling me that " Yasser Arafat is a really good guy. He would've helped many people if he could, but Israel didnt even allow him to get out of his house sometimes only if they arrest him. Or even sometimes put him in jail for couple of days. He also started the PLO and people never ever thought of doing this, but he did. Israel poisoned Yasser Arafat until he died. After his death, Israel took their freedom in Palestine and started to kill Palestinians and take their houses. There's even one time where Israel knocked on a women's door she had a baby his age is not more than couple of months. They started telling her you only have three seconds and we are going to burn your house. She quicly took her child and ran away, while she was running she felt what she's holding is so light and she looked and saw that she was holding a pillow not her child and saw her house burning and after that she literally became crazy and always holding that pillow with her." That was heart touching :( Well, that day will come and Palestine will be free!! I just don't understand the people that hate Palestine and stands with Israel! Like WWHHHYYYYY?! For what reason? @ Carl_Pham, yeah, this what happend to us, I'm half Palestinian half Syrian but mostly Palestinian. My grandfather had a house, lands, everything in Palestine until Israel came and took everything. When this happened, they had to leave. :'(
Definitely an interesting discussion to have. Thanks for your feedback on experiences. :)
I know :P And I really want to know about him! Thank you :)
Yasser Arafat was a good man and loves his people for that they killed him
hello there well my father lived through his time and even saw him in sabra which is a city in lebanon south of beirut during the lebanese civil war, he said he is a great man and a freedom fighter who reperesented palestinians, i definately agree with my father although i do accept as a palestinian that some of the things he did was wrong and unneccessary though we all make mistakes its normal i guess, he set up an authority for the palestinians and represented them in every way, he fought for the land that was taken from us in the 47-48 wars which i believe isnt wrong because if someone wanted to invade your land or came at your doorstep and wanted to kick you out of your house ofcourse your going to defend it so i respect him and wish he was still alive since now the palestinians have split into two factions with two different ideliougies. Fatah wants peace though im not sure how there going to get it and Hamas wants all of palestine back and thats not going to happen by firing a couple of al qassem rockets into israeli land which as a palestinian again i think thats wrong to fire at civilians, if the palestinians are going to become one state and one government then hamas and fatah have to sort there two different idealogies out and then bring it up with the un, Yasser Arafat may he rest in peace held the palestinians as one people and now im longing to see us as one people again with hopefully a state that isnt at war with israel and that has an economy so i can return to my homeland. War is horrible our family should know they fled palestine in 47 to lebanon
Oh, wow! Well yeah, I heard a looot of good and bad things about Arafat and about Hamas and Fatah. I think now after all these answers and all the reading I think of Arafat as a good guy (leader) who wanted the best for his country but couldn't do that well and had his mistakes. Hamas and Fatah don't really know that much about but I think if they unite some good things will happen. And also not only they fled to Lebanon, but to Egypt, Jordan and some other Arab countries. Thank you soo much for you answer! I really do appreciate it :D And hopefully someday we all Palestinians will be able to return to our homeland! But you just thought of it.. How? If Palestine did anything against Israel, Israel will kill them or if Israel wasn't under control America gets in against Palestine. I think only if ALL Arab countries unite and fight against Israel. Which in my opinion would be a bit hard.. Dunno why.