Palestinian organizational collapse looming?
An organizational collapse may be overtaking the Palestinians. Debka.com notes that the Palestinian Authority, the closest thing to a central government among the many organizations claiming a right to represent Palestinian interests, is out of operating funds. There is simply no money available to meet the payroll due January 1st, 2004. According to Debka:
More than the customary thievery of international funds donated to the Palestinians may be at work. There is evidence that rot has set in within Arafat's own Fatah organization, once the strongest political force among the fractured Palestinians. Fatah's following has faded to the extent that it was unable to hold any ceremonies celebrating its 39th anniversary on December 31st. In
The broader context also indicates that this may be more than the normal cyclical fluctuation of factional politics. Foreign relations are in a shamble.
The word from
As a political movement whose identity is built on hatred and vengeance, and whose economic base is dependent of foreign aid, the Palestinians lack any positive basis for organizing themselves. Arafat's political dominance has allowed no other potential replacement to rise. Now that his mortality looms on the horizon, the organized future of the Palestinian movement is in question. If there is no one to negotiate with, then there is no point to negotiations.
Posted by Thomas 01 01 04