President Mahmoud Abbas(Abu Mazen) has made his trip to the
Bush promised Mahmoud Abbas 50 million dollars as starters for getting the Palestinian act together for rebuilding. The atmosphere during the visit was congenial, and optimistic. Bush did say, however, that Mahmoud Abbas should do more to fight terror.
Mahmoud Abbas claims that he is unable to fight terror successfully because the Israelis are not supplying him with the means. They have destroyed the Palestinian Security Force infrastructure by not allowing them to arm sufficiently.
It is a matter of six of one and half a dozen of the other. Anyway, history does have a habit of repeating itself. If Palestinian Police are armed and given the opportunity to control and disarm terrorists, there is a possibility that many may leave the service and cooperate with terrorists. This had happened in the past prior to the beginning of the intifada of 2000.
On the other hand, it would not be in Abu Mazen's interests if the Israelis show signs of supporting him. If
What seems clear is that the Palestinian People have had enough of corruption in government and in local municipalities. Hamas, with its ideology and social structures, have been successful in garnering Palestinian support against Fatah whose record of accomplishment against corruption is poor. The Palestinians see Hamas as a clean organization that promises to deliver the goods to their supporters.
It would not be in
The U.S has paid lip service to democratic elections in the Palestinian Areas. This being so, they should not show any preference towards one candidate or another. If Hamas does win, dynamics for negotiations with