/* Am I A Pundit Now?: Abbas Goes After Gunmen

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Abbas Goes After Gunmen

PLA president Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the capture of a group of gunmen that fired upon his compound, and then shot up restaurants and shops in Ramallah. Apparently, this group of gunmen had been under Arafat's protection in the headquarters, hiding from Israel. The men are wanted in connection with violence committed in September 2000. This is encouraging, I suppose. Palestinians suffer far more violence from other Palestinians than from Israel, and non-functioning services and corruption are rife. Although Arafat was scrupulously unconcerned about the daily lives of everyday Palestinians, at least Abbas pays lip service to their needs. As far as Abbas goes, we will see if a rabid anti-semite can ultimately change his spots. I am not yet convinced.

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