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Arafat Sulks

02 April 2003

By Yisrael Ne’eman

As reported on the Voice of Israel Radio at the beginning of the week the Palestinian Authority is once again paralyzed, this time not due to any Israeli or other outside pressures.  PA Chairman Yasir Arafat is refusing to sign checks or affirm administrative decisions and certainly he will not give his approval to battle terrorism.  No one is willing to take on his responsibilities, even if it only means to make good on payments, fearing they will be accused of betraying him.

Going into ‘sulk mode’ can have wide-reaching international ramifications since no movement can be made on the Bush ‘Road Map’, nor will incoming PM Abu Mazen be allowed any true authority.  But worse yet there will be no battle against terrorism by the Palestinians themselves.  His political position is clear, he wants the present state of affairs to continue, no matter how much his own people suffer.  It becomes clearer all the time he has rejected the two-state solution since there is no desire to talk of peace with Israel.  Yet he is the symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

If the Palestinians do not want him to become the emblem of a collective Palestinian suicide it would be best for someone(s) to take responsibility, therefore by passing or removing him completely.