September 04, 2002
Palestinian Wakes Up

The Jerusalem Post reports that a former Palestinian Authority cabinet minister has accused Arafat of dropping the ball at the Camp David meeting with Ehud Barak two years ago.

The interesting thing, according to the article, is that the letter was published in the official PA newspaper in Ramallah, which reaches a very small audience. The fact that it was printed at all in Palestianian controlled media is surprising; the fact that it appeared in an official publication is shocking.

Perhaps more Palestinian leaders will follow the example of Nabil Amer and call for an end to the intifada. It would be nice, but I don't think it will happen soon.

posted on September 04, 2002 05:07 PM


If Arafat's lost control of the media, then there's hope that the dogs he's kept so closely on his leash will end up tearing his throat out.

Probably closer to the truth that Arafat is telling his papers to allow "dissenting views" to smoke out disloyal lieutenants and followers, and then make them artgets of the Al'Aqsa Murder Brigade.

posted by Laurence Simon on September 4, 2002 05:42 PM

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