Sunday, July 18, 2004

Gaza Turmoil

Some of you may have been following the turmoil in the Gaza Strip which began with the kidnapping of a Palestinian police chief by a rival security agency and has prompted the attempted resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia and Yasser Arafat's appointment of his nephew Musa Arafat, a highly unpopular figure, as the new head of Gaza security. The protestors, who are probably linked to Muhammad Dahlan, are demanding significant reforms in the Fatah party, such as the consolidation of the many Palestinian security forces into just three and an end to corruption. Reading of these developments, I strongly suspect there's a lot going on behind the scenes, probably involving Israel and the United States hoping to create a moderate rival to Hamas in advance of a Gaza pull-out.


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