Charles Krauthammer brilliantly places it into context: Arafat’s goal wasn’t merely the creation of a Palestinian state, but the destruction of Israel:
That was the theme of his entire life. Yes, he signed interim deals to get a foothold in Palestine. But that was always with the objective of continuing the fight from a better strategic position. It was never to conclude a lasting compromise or real peace with Israel.
That is why he died so far from his promised land. This promised land was never the West Bank and Gaza. Arafat founded Fatah in 1959