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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Bush saves his dignity; 'Palestinians' 'deeply disappointed'

Happy New Year everyone!

Assuming that he doesn't let 'our friends the Saudis' change his mind, President Bush saved some of his dignity last night by announcing that he will not visit Arafat's mausoleum in Ramallah (pictured at top left) during his visit to our region later this month. The 'Palestinians' are said to be 'deeply disappointed.'
Palestinian Authority officials on Monday expressed deep disappointment after learning that US President George W. Bush, who is expected to visit Ramallah soon, does not intend to lay a wreath at Yasser Arafat's tomb.

Bush, who is also expected to visit Jericho and Bethlehem, does not even plan to pass near the tomb.


Bush would not stop by Arafat's newly-built mausoleum during his visit to Ramallah, a source in the US Consulate in Jerusalem told The Jerusalem Post. The PA has invested millions of dollars in building the mausoleum in the Mukata "presidential" compound.

"I'm not aware of any plan to lay a wreath at Arafat's tomb," the source said. "This issue was not raised during preparations for President Bush's tour and I doubt if he would do so."

To avoid embarrassing the Palestinians, Bush may meet with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem or at the Prime Minister's Office in Ramallah.

In response, a senior PA official said, "Of course we are very disappointed, although we weren't surprised."

The official said the PA leadership had decided not to make a big issue out of the visit to Arafat's mausoleum to avoid creating a crisis with the US.

Almost all foreign leaders who visit the Mukata stop by Arafat's tomb to pay respects or lay a wreath on it.
That answers one of my questions.

Maybe Bush will send Condi there instead. After all, under Arafat's leadership, the official 'Palestinian' media admired Condi's figure even if they did refer to her as a 'black spinster.' I'm sure she'd love to pay her 'respects' to him.



At 4:57 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Eek, that mausoleum --- speak of delusions of grandeur! Had I been the architect, I would have built a design based on the shape of the AIDS virus ;)

But good for Bush. Wonder if he ever heard of "ba-makom she-ein anashim, tishtadel lihyot ish"...

At 5:50 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Israel has self-respect it would raze the shrine to the Arab Amalekite and drive them out of its land.

Instead of looking for ways to commit national suicide.


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