It is over thirty years since Yasser Arafat swept onto the world stage as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, a machine gun in one hand and an olive branch in the other. During that time, until his death on 4 November 2004, he became many things to many people- to ordinary Israelis a terrorist godfather whose desire for the complete annihilation of their state was only thinly veiled; to previous US administrations a Nobel Peace Prize-winner and the only Palestinian to do business with; to the Bush Whitehouse a pariah once more.
Tony Walker is Political Editor of the Austrailian Financial Review. He was Middle East Correspondent for the Financial Times and the Melbourne Age 1984 - 93 and a special correspondent for the Financial Times in North America 1998 - 2000. Andrew Gowers is Editor of the Financial Times. From 1987 to 1990 he was Middle East Editor of the Financial Times. Before joining the Financial Times' foreign staff, he was a correspondent for Reuters news agency in Brussels and Zurich.