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December 20, 2002

Kissinger On Arafat...

Interviewer: Do you think that Arafat really wants peace?

Henry A. Kissinger: I think Arafat is conflicted. What he really wants is the destruction of the Israeli state.

He may be willing to make an interim agreement if he views it to be a step toward the ultimate destruction of Israeli. Or when he feels sufficiently weak, or he thinks the circumstances provide him no alternative, he will make an interim agreement.

One should not, however, believe that Arafat will ever reconcile himself to the existence of a permanent Israeli state...no matter what agreements he may make.