New Leader for the Palestinians

February 2005
Junior Scholastic;2/7/2005, Vol. 107 Issue 12, p4
The article reports that on January 9, Palestinians overwhelmingly chose Mahmoud Abbas to be their new President, bringing hope to a troubled land. Abbas, who has called for an end to violence between Palestinians and Israelis, reached out to Israelis after the election. As President of the Palestinian Authority, Abbas, 69, succeeds Yasir Arafat, who died in November. For more than 40 years, Arafat was the living symbol of hope for an independent Arab country of Palestine. But many people accused Arafat of supporting terrorism. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. President George W. Bush had refused for the last several years to negotiate with him.


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