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November 8, 2007: Upswing

November 8, 2007

That hiatus of which I have spoken is likely about to begin.

Here I provide the briefest of postings to offer hope on several fronts:

— There is severe squabbling between members of the PA negotiating team — Abed Rabbo, who is backed by PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, and Saeb Erekat, who is backed by President Mahmoud Abbas. This severely hampers their ability to function.

— A recently released joint document of Shin Bet, the Mossad and military intelligence states that "even if understandings are reached in Annapolis, the chances of implementing them in the field are almost zero."

Mahmoud Abbas is seen as a powerless leader, who even has difficulty controlling car thieves and drug dealers in his own territory. "There is a total disconnection between the leadership and the Palestinian people, and the PA has no security apparatus capable of implementing agreements. The existing [security] forces are totally corrupt."

The bad part of this report is indication that Abbas might be willing to accept a compromise of 100,000 refugees to enter Israel over 10 years — Heaven forbid.

— National Union has announced a public campaign to help bring the gov’t down.

Much more in due course.




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