Israel 25 Years after the Oslo
Accords: Why Did Rabin Fall for Them? PLO chairman Yasser Arafat was a
diehard man of war who made violence, dislocation, and mayhem the defining
characteristics of his career. In 1970, he nearly brought about the destruction
of Jordan. Five years later, he helped trigger the horrendous Lebanese civil
war, one of the bloodiest conflicts in modern Middle Eastern history, which
raged for more than a decade and claimed hundreds of thousands of innocent lives.