TITLE

LURING ABBAS TO THE TALKS

AUTHOR(S)
Rees, Matt; Hamad, Jamil
PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
Time;2/14/2005, Vol. 165 Issue 7, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that new Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will help open a fresh chapter in the long search for Middle East peace this week when he meets with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. But as usual, internal Palestinian politics played a key role in getting him there. Abbas agreed to go to Sharm el-Sheikh because he wants to show that he has Egypt's support in his effort to rein in the militants of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Shaken by Hamas' overwhelming victory in last month's municipal elections in the Gaza Strip, Abbas' Fatah Party sees Egypt as a powerful ally in the political battle against the group. Many in Fatah aren't happy about Abbas' trip to Sharm el-Sheikh, fearing it might actually hurt him in his fight against Hamas. Some Fatah officials are wondering why Egypt is suddenly taking such an interest in Palestinian affairs.
ACCESSION #
15962175

 

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