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January 05, 2003

U.S. Senator Arlen Specter says Arafat should step down:
Speaking to reporters at the US Embassy in Cairo, Specter also said PA Chairman Yasser Arafat must step down from power as evidence exists that he supports terrorism.

Specter, a Republican from Pennsylvania, said if reforms occur, "I think the international donor community could put up a great deal of money to rebuild the Palestinian Authority and to compensate Israel for Israel's losses."

While saying the PA has to decide for itself what form of government it wants, Specter said "I think Arafat has to step aside." The Bush administration has shunned Arafat, denouncing him as a non-leader for failing to end suicide bombings and shooting attacks.