TITLE

Still Dancing to Arafat's Tune

AUTHOR(S)
Shahin, Mariam
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Middle East;Oct2003, Issue 338, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In September 2003 Mahmoud Abbas resigned as Palestinian Prime Minister, despite strong support from the U.S., to be replaced by Ahmed Qurei. The U.S. and Israel's choice of Palestinian leadership Mohammad Dahlan and Mahmoud Abbas came under severe attack and ultimately crumbled under the weight of internal Palestinian opposition. These two had to side-step angry crowds who labeled them American stooges for their Israeli-inspired agenda and urged them to follow the leadership of Yasser Arafat, Chairman of Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian legislature's ability to resist crumbling to American pressure is in itself an act of brave defiance. The almost farcical existence of a Palestinian authority which has no state or borders, no control of its resources, its airspace or sea lanes has not deterred members of the authority from acting like an almost normal government. INSET: Abu Ala'a (Ahmed Qurei).
ACCESSION #
10973013

 

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