Wanted: A Mideast Endgame

As Sharon's violent clampdown intensifies, experts are wondering if he's just laying the groundwork for many more years of turmoil

If a tombstone were needed for the Middle East peace framework agreed upon nine years ago in Oslo, the events of this Passover and Easter season provided it. Following brutal Palestinian suicide bombings and shootings that left more than 40 Israelis dead in a week, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's tanks penned Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat into his Ramallah headquarters. In the West Bank, a hail of tank fire is turning the Palestinian Authority to rubble. On Apr. 2, Sharon offered Arafat a one-way ticket to exile, which he refused.

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