It's just a matter of time now. The Israelis know it....everyone knows it....even Arafat's knows it. At this time in history the Israelis's have won; and Arafat's imprisonment, and eventual passing from the scene, is one of the major symbols of this reality:
Arafat won't attend sister's funeral in Gaza Strip, says aide
By The Associated Press and DPA - 14 August
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat will not attend
Thursday's funeral in the Gaza Strip for his sister who died
Wednesday in Cairo, an aide of Arafat said Wednesday.
Yousra al-Kidwa, 77, died at the Palestinian Hospital in Cairo,
following a long struggle with disease, but no details were provided
about her ailment, the Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported
earlier in the day.
The funeral will be held in Khan Younis, where the Palestinian
leader's father is also buried. Arafat would have to request
Israel's permission to leave Ramallah. Israeli officials said no
such request had been received.
"He (Arafat) was very upset and felt great sorrow that he
couldn't participate in the funeral and couldn't see her while
she was ill," Abdel Rahman said.
Al-Kidwa lived in Egypt until 1994 when she and her husband,
Jerir al-Kidwa, Arafat's cousin and advisor, returned to the
Al-Kidwa was not known to be active in the Palestinian political
movement, but her husband Jarir al-Kidwa is an adviser to Arafat
and her son, Nassir, is the Palestinian representative to the United
In addition to her son, al-Kidwa is survived by three daughters.
Arafat's eldest sister, In’am, who took care of him as a child,
died in December 1999. In’am, who was 80, died in Khan Younis.