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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Abu Mazen won't run in January?

The Washington Post is reporting that 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen will not run for re-election in the 'Palestinian Authority' elections scheduled for January.
In a televised speech to the Palestinians, Mahmoud Abbas said he has told his "brothers" in the Fatah movement of his "desire not to run in the upcoming elections."

But Abbas' careful wording left room for the possibility that he could be persuaded to change his mind, especially if he perceives the United States as backing his position on demanding an end to Israeli construction in West Bank settlements.

Abbas' decision, reported earlier in the day by his aides, had set off a flurry of calls from regional leaders, with the presidents of Egypt and Israel, the king of Jordan and Israel's defense minister all urging him change his mind.
I'll believe that he won't run when January 24 rolls around and he's not on the ballot. This guy wants to be President for life. He's just waiting for everyone to beg him to run again.

By the way, why is Israel's defense minister begging Abu Mazen to run again? Ehud Barak will never learn, will he?


At 1:25 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Barak won't. Why does Barak think Abbas can deliver anything? He not exactly all that popular with the Palestinians!


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