Mass Opinion in West Bank Leaves Abbas in a Tight Spot

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at gmx.net
Fri Aug 22 02:13:26 MDT 2003


>From the New York Times:

Mass Opinion in West Bank Leaves Abbas in a Tight Spot
By FRANK BRUNI
[...]
Residents of Nablus, which Israel considers a center of Palestinian
terrorism, confirmed the widespread belief that if Mr. Abbas tried to shore
up his international legitimacy by taking aim at militant groups, he would
destroy what legitimacy he still had with Palestinians.
Questions about the extent of his sway were inherent today in the fact that
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell implored Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian
leader, to help him.
Many Palestinians said today that they were already close to giving up on
Mr. Abbas, commonly known as Abu Mazen, because nothing he had done,
including his endorsement of the peace plan, known as the road map, had made
their lives any better.
"Where is this road map?" asked Ana Qadri, 42, a medical worker. "Show me
one sign. I just want to see one sign."
[...]
Several people here said Mr. Abbas would be wiser to resign, a word they
frequently used, than to strike against militant groups. "It would be the
beginning of a new intifada against Abu Mazen and Israel both," said
Abdullah Mahmoud, 41, the owner of a drug store here.
While Israelis insist that the bombing on Tuesday demonstrates why Mr. Abbas
must take action against Hamas, Palestinians described the attack as an
inevitable consequence of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and assaults
on suspected militants.

Full:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/22/international/middleeast/22ABBA.html





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