April 20, 2003


Palestinian PM storms out of talks after Arafat snubs new security (AFP, 4/20/03)
The moderate new Palestinian prime minister, Mahmud Abbas, stormed out of overnight talks with Yasser Arafat over the Palestinian leader's refusal to appoint Gaza security chief Mohammed Dahlan as head of internal security, officials here said. [...]

Dahlan, a former colonel in the security force tasked with preventing attacks on Israel, quit his post last year after falling out with Arafat, who is accused by Israel and the United States of doing too little to fight "terrorism."

Dahlan is seen as a tough figure whose appointment would be welcomed by the United States, which is expected to put pressure on both sides to find a solution to the 30-month crisis after it has brought the situation in Baghdad under more control. [...]

Abbas helped co-found the mainstream Fatah faction with Arafat at the end of the 1950s, but has staked out his ground as a moderate, calling this year for a suspension of armed attacks on Israel to allow peace talks the chance to resume.

Arafat may have to be removed one way or another, either killed by the Israelis or arrested and tried here. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2003 7:35 AM

I love that a "moderate" is defined as someone who wants to stop supporting terrorism.

Posted by: Timothy at April 20, 2003 1:04 PM

The "30-month crisis"? I mean, I know that everything went to hell when George Bush was elected, but I didn't realize he was responsible for this, too.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 20, 2003 3:47 PM