Anyone who examines the situation of the Middle East, not in each
country separately but as a whole, must come to the conclusion that the
days of social and economic stability are definitely over. Instead of
economic stability we have crisis. Instead of peace we are caught in
the crossfire between the imperialists’ state terror and the individual
terror of the Islamic fundamentalists.
The Sharon government’s days are clearly numbered. His brutal two week
campaign in Gaza has achieved the opposite of what he was expecting.
The question is who and what can replace him? The alternative must
clearly come from within the labour movement.
Arafat is seriously ill. His days are clearly numbered now. Yossi
Schwartz in Jerusalem explains how this will affect the balance of
forces within the Fatah movement and how this will open up more room
for Hamas. It also marks the beginning of a new period in which Hamas
will be called on to stabilise the situation, thus exposing itself
before the Palestinian masses.
After a week in hospital, lying in a coma and suffering from a brain
haemorrhage, President of the Palestinian National Authority Yasser
Arafat has finally died. Yossi Schwartz, writing from Jerusalem,
comments on his career.
Following the announcement regarding the selection of the new leader of
the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, the government of Israel
signalled a possible shift in policy toward the Authority. The new PA
leadership seems keen to collaborate with Sharon. The only thing this
proves is that those who in the past promised to liberate Palestine
through the tactics of guerrilla war, which turned into terrorism, are
ready to sell out.
Yesterday marked a grim anniversary for the Palestinian people. On
November 29, 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a
Partition Plan calling for the creation of two States, one Jewish and
the other Arab. Since then there has not been peace between the two
people. Yossi Schwartz in Jerusalem comments.