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Rudolph Giuliani, Vegas headliner

Former NYC mayor talks about leadership at real estate convention

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LAS VEGAS -- Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of New York, Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2001 and a possible presidential candidate (he still won't commit), shared his thoughts on former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a speech to a crowd of real estate professionals during a Help-U-Sell conference in Las Vegas. Arafat was a joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. Using a housing analogy that stirred applause from the audience, he said, "We were letting him out-negotiate us. We kept making concessions and he never kept his word. It was like buying a house from someone who didn't own the house – over and over and over again." While Giuliani is a former Justice Department official, he didn't offer any thoughts on ongoing antitrust litigation between the federal agency and the National Association of Realtors trade group over the association's Internet property listings policies. But he did utter the following "Giulianisms": "Just think if we had confronted H...