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Arafat and the Dream of Palestine

Chatham House, London


Bassam Abu Sharif, former Senior Adviser to Yasser Arafat; President, Palestinian National Authority
Chair: Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


The speaker will argue that Arafat's dream of Palestine is still only a dream after 21 years of peace talks and wars. He will argue that Benjamin Netanyahu and his followers have prevented the possibility of any peace agreements between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Abu Sharif will discuss options available to the Palestinians, the Israelis, the US and the EU, and the Arab States, taking each in turn, as he discusses what is necessary from all sides to make peace.