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Monday, January 31, 2011

How long do you give Abu Bluff?

I think we should make a betting pool on how long 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen will last, especially in light of recent events in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Yemen (sorry, but I can't go in depth on that many countries at once). The 'Western backed' Abu Mazen believes that he will not be swept up in the same 'democracy wave' that is sweeping up his authoritarian counterparts.
“They [Al-Jazeera] thought that Palestine was like Tunisia,” Abbas said, referring to the uprising that removed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power this month. “They tried to spread lies because they thought that what happened in Tunisia could happen in Palestine.”

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“Al-Jazeera thought that they could finish us off, but the Palestinian people have responded to their lies and distortions,” he said.

Abbas’s attack on Al-Jazeera came as Egypt closed down the station’s bureau in Cairo and withdrew credentials of all its staff.

Fatah representatives have urged Abbas to follow suit and ban Al-Jazeera from operating in the West Bank, under the pretext that the station incites against the PA leadership.

PA officials expressed deep concern over the current events in Egypt and warned that the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime would be a severe blow to moderate Arabs in the region.

“We are following the events in Egypt with deep concern,” a PA official said. “We are worried that the collapse of his regime would strengthen Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Azzam al-Ahmed, a top Fatah official and adviser to Abbas, said the Palestinians had no right to interfere in the internal affairs of others. “We respect the will of the political forces and the people in Egypt,” he said. “We hope stability and security will return to Egypt.”

He said that contrary to reports, the PA was not afraid that the events in Egypt would have an impact on the situation in the Palestinian territories.
What could go wrong?

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2 Comments:

At 2:59 AM, Blogger free said...

I have been concerned that the only video we have been getting is courtesy of al-jihad-jazeera err I mean al-lie-jazeera err I mean al-jazeera.

 
At 4:55 AM, Blogger Sparky the Wonder Dog said...

If the PA lost power and legitimacy then the IDF would have to bail them out and suppress Hamas. Wait, they already do that. if the PA with covert and overt IDF support and the US money for security forces can't maintain their current level of what? control? hanging on? toleration via popular indifference? semi-competent public management of a relatively contained and partially isolated population? then they are really sorry puppies.

 

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