January 17, 2005


Top PLO Body Calls for End to Attacks (RAVI NESSMAN, 1/16/05, Associated Press)

A top PLO decision-making body called on Palestinian militants Sunday to halt attacks against Israel, charging that the violence gives Israel an excuse to carry out military operations.

The PLO Executive Committee issued its statement in Ramallah. It followed a militant attack late Thursday at the Karni crossing between Gaza and Israel that left six Israeli civilians dead, setting off Israeli reprisal raids in Gaza.

After the attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Sharon cut off contacts with the regime of Mahmoud Abbas, sworn in Saturday as Yasser Arafat's successor as head of the Palestinian Authority.

Mr. Sharon has entered a very dangerous phase, where even the Bush Administration may come to see him as the chief obstacle to progress in Palestine, not the Palestinian leadership, as had been the case.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 17, 2005 11:58 AM

You are too easily impressed. The latest PLO p.r. initiative merely demonstrates that they have a mordant sense of humor.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at January 17, 2005 12:56 PM

Save that post so it can be recycled every 6 months from now till doomsday. Names may change but that's about all.

Posted by: Tom Wall at January 17, 2005 1:05 PM

The media is doing their darndest to bury the story of the attack in Gaza that killed six Israelis last week, as it disrupts their new meme of Abbas the Man of Peace. Sharon broke off all contacts, which instead of forcing the media to explain why (the attacks) instead lets them tut-tut about a stubborn and unreasonable Sharon.

Posted by: Gideon at January 17, 2005 1:09 PM

Six months ago he could have assassinated Arafat and we'd have not minded.

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2005 1:12 PM

How does Sharon's statement in the face of continued attacks change the the overall BrothersJudd sanctioned plan? If he continues to build the wall and impose statehood, the Palestinians will have to turn inward. If Abbas proves himself another Arafat, or simply doesn't have the courage to stand up to the terrorist elements of the PLO and Fatah, then the staus quo has remained unchanged and so must the policy. I still feel that it may require the assasination of a courageous, reformist PLO leader by their own radicals (like Sadat) before there will be enough pressure on Palestinians to police themselves and begin to become a legitimate state.

Posted by: Pat H at January 17, 2005 2:06 PM


Palestinian statehood can't be dependent on internal events in Palestine. Terrorism will endure for some time.

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2005 2:12 PM

Then what is the responsibility of Abbas? If he supports terrorism, how is he different than Arafat? Doesn't he have to at least speak against attacks on Israel in both English and Arabic? Mustn't the denial be plausible before there is enough political cover to deal?

Posted by: Pat H at January 17, 2005 2:40 PM

OJ: I thought that your point was that the Caliph is in DC, and both Sharon and Abbas had better make sure that he doesn't see them as the problem. We know what happens to people whom the Caliph sees as the problem.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 17, 2005 2:54 PM


Exactly. Sharon has Bush on his side...now.


Isn't that what Abbas is doing?

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2005 3:00 PM


You're right though that he should be required to produce some results, not just talk.

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2005 6:27 PM