Monday, July 15, 2002
Mark Steyn picked apart such whimperings last week, noting the remarkable voicing of criticism against Arafat's rule from within the ranks of Palestinians since the speech. And today, ArabNews joins in:
In a few days, the media echoed the dramatic change of atmosphere in the Palestinian political spectrum. Never before the speech of President Bush (June 24) did we see such an upheaval in the attitudes and the positions of some people who were, so far, considered close to the PA, if not to Arafat himself. And though there have always been some internal dissensions, it has seldom taken the abrupt aspect it is taking today.... For today, there is a problem that has never been so sharp before: It concerns the relevancy or the irrelevancy of Arafat, not much as a leader than as the official representative of the Palestinian people. The fact that the problem has been shaped by Sharon himself did not hinder some Palestinians from acknowledging it, though for quite different reasons indeed....
The article goes on to cite the many Palestinians over the years who have wanted Arafat to step down. (To make the point that this isn't being imposed by the U.S.?) And then it cites Israeli reports of documents detailing PA corruption. It notes that Palestinian leaders have dismissed these as "propaganda," but then says "if even half of these allegations are true...." When was the last time ArabNews gave credence to anything emanating from Israeli army reports? Methinks this is big.