Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Turmoil in the Palestinian Authority?

The Palestinian Authority appears to be in turmoil after Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas cancelled talks with his counterpart Ariel Sharon, saying his government was suffering an "internal crisis".

Palestinian officials said the crisis involved opposition within Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's Fatah political movement, of which Mr Abbas is a senior member, to the PM's negotiating strategy in a new with Israel.

"Abu Mazen (Abbas) has cancelled the meeting planned for Wednesday with Sharon because of an internal crisis that emerged during the Fatah Central Committee meeting last night," a senior Palestinian official said.

Unfortunately there is no way Abu Mazen is powerful (or physically safe enough right now) to disobey Arafat for too long.

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