Of all the times that

Of all the times that this could happen, why does it have to happen now?

Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat was critically ill Wednesday night, and an ambulance was rushed to his beleaguered West Bank headquarters, Israeli and Palestinian officials told NBC News.

Palestinian sources said doctors were fighting desperately to save Arafat’s life. A Palestinian cabinet minister told The Jerusalem Post on condition of anonymity, “President Arafat is dying.”

It was not clear what Arafat, 75, was suffering from, but he was “very, very sick,” a Palestinian cabinet minister told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

I have to say, despite the fact that Arafat is, admittedly, determined to destroy Israel and the Israeli people, I wish him a full recovery. Why? Because that would mean that the West Bank wouldn’t descend into civil war over his successor. As that would be, how do you say, bad. So, let’s hope he doesn’t die, and, I know I’m wishing here, hand-picks a successor.

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