Nearly a week after the United States and Egypt led negotiations between Hamas and Israel, the Gaza ceasefire seems to be holding. Israelis and Palestinians have returned to their daily lives in what seems to be an uneasy, if stable, peace.
But today, a ghost from the Middle East conflict's past will rise again.
Yasser Arafat, former chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, died after a mysterious, month-long illness in a French military hospital, eight years ago. Today French, Swiss, and Russian scientists will exhume Arafat's body in Ramallah, a few months after Swiss authorities found radioactive elements on his clothing. The garments supplied by Arafat's widow, Suha.
In July, Suha told the BBC that she was "relieved" about the investigation. "We have been asking for this inquiry for eight years," she said. "I was shocked, first, of course, because it’s a very dangerous poison, what they discovered, but I was relieved that we are on steps of knowing the truth."
Charles Glass is a Middle East expert, journalist, and broadcaster. He discusses the investigation and Arafat's legacy.