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Yasser Arafat hinted that he intends to rip up any peace treaty he signs with Israel. In a speech last week to Palestinian legislators, Arafat made a reference in Arabic to the Hudibiyya Pact, an accord that Islamic tradition says was signed by the Prophet Mohammad. Two years after Mohammad signed the treaty with an enemy tribe, his military position improved — and he tore up the agreement and slaughtered tribe members.

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