posted on Jun, 15 2005 @ 03:43 PM
The ability of the Palistinians to govern themselves has continued to erode in the wake of Yasser Arafat's death. The problem has become so severe
that the Prime Minister has threatened to go on strike along with his entire cabinet if security forces do not crack down on the Arab on Arab violence
that has plagued much of the palistinian controlled territories.
GAZA CITY, 15 June 2005 — Faced with increasing lawlessness in the occupied territories, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei yesterday said his
Cabinet would go on strike if security forces failed to rein in armed groups.
“If this security chaos does not end, we will suspend our duties,” he told reporters in the Palestinian Authority headquarter in the West Bank
town of Ramallah.
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This statement by the Prime Minister should punctuate the desperation of the teetering Palistianian Authority. They have been unsuccessful in
quelling the violence among the various factions of the PLO. World attention, however, has been distracted by the conflict and violence in Iraq. If
the Palistinian Authority colapses, it will result in a power vaacum that is likely to spawn a civil war within the palestinian territories. This in
turn could draw Israeli military forces back into the fray which would result in the repolarization of the Arab world against Israel and her primary
ally the US.
To summerize, while the world is distracted with the cat and mouse conflict in Iraq, the lion of global conflict may be stalking its blind side. Wary
world watchers would do well to keep a close eye on the deteriorating situation in the Israeli territories.