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NEWS: Palestinian Authority Collapsing as Israel Unites

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posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 04:01 PM
The U.N. Security Council heard statements today that painted a bleak picture for the Palestinian Authority(PA). Terje Roed-Larsen informed the council that law and order in Palestine were collapsing, and the PA was deteriorating. At the same time, Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon looks to be successful in uniting the Labor and Likud parties to create a more unified Israeli Government.
The U.N. Middle East envoy says because of "paralysis," the Palestinian Authority "is in deep distress and is in real danger of collapse."

Terje Roed-Larsen, the special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative to the Palestinian Authority, Tuesday delivered his assessment to the U.N. Security Council.

"Despite a well-intended prime minister, the paralysis of the Palestinian Authority has become abundantly clear and the deterioration of law and order in Palestinian areas is steadily worsening," Roed-Larsen said pointing to the Gaza Strip, Rafah and Nablus.

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The report to the U.N. Security Council further stated that the city of Jericho was "the only Palestinian city with a functioning police." Militant groups such as Hamas, and Islamic Jihad rule most of Gaza, and many parts of the West Bank. Soon, the PA will deteriorate to a point where it has no control of Palestine at all.

While the PA is becoming more of an office with no impact, The unity of the Israeli government looks to be more of a matter of when than if. Ariel Sharon has by necessity, brought the Labor party in-line with his Lukid party. The negotiations to bring the two parties together began after the United Nations court ruled that Israel's separation wall was illegal.

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posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 04:06 PM
Wow, is this the beginning of the end of the PA?

If there is a power cacuum in Palastine, who will fill it? Hamas etal are weak as well having lost their leaders. SOMEONE has to take control there.

Still the end of Arafat is something to be recieved with pleasure....

posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 05:17 PM
Sometimes, negotiating from a point of weakness is not all bad. Maybe this is an opportunity for some type of peace plan to take hold over there. I don't think that Israel wants to wipe the Palestinians out; they just want to survive. Now may be the time to begin building bridges.

posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 06:19 PM
At present, no one in the PA seems to be able to control Gaza Strip and the West Bank - which are two parallel areas.

Reformist Dahlan lacks meaningful influence in the West Bank, and Rajoub has no real hold in Gaza. Because of the fragmented layout of the West Bank, it is doubtful whether a single figure exists there that can control these Palestinian cities by himself.

The current Palestinian leadership is fragmented, weak, and uncoordinated. Even worse, they are primarily preoccupied with personal infighting.

The PA security forces have failed in their mission to enforce law and order and they are mainly responsible for the anarchy and lawlessness.

posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 06:26 PM
Also, turns out the Palestinian government and other rich Palestinians were using concrete that was suppose to build new buildings and were selling it to Israel. Yep, the wall they complained about was built by the concrete they sold the Israelites.

posted on Jul, 16 2004 @ 02:37 PM

[edit on 16-7-2004 by Riwka]

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