Ironically, without concerted effort by all parties to forge a credible Palestinian state, the solution that almost nobody wants will gradually emerge: that of a single, binational state between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.
Arafat's death provides that rare historical opportunity for enormous and generally beneficial change to take place in Palestine… . [But] Palestine's comparative weakness, its political economy, and the occupation are not upended so easily. Neither are its fundamental requirements for a comprehensive peace with Israel.
Had Arafat accepted Israel's offer at Camp David, the violence in recent months would have been more in the form of a Palestinian civil war. Or as Arafat reportedly asked Clinton when the American president was pushing hard for him to accept Barak's offer: ‘Do you want to attend my funeral?’