TITLE

Hamas and Arafat discuss 'national plan'

AUTHOR(S)
Blanche, Ed
PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
Middle East;Jun2004, Issue 346, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas say it is much too early to discuss details of what will happen when and if Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dismantles the settlements in Gaza. But both sides appear to be considering major concessions. The Palestinians are at a critical juncture. Hamas is still reeling from the assassination of its most charismatic leaders by the Israelis in recent weeks, and is waiting in fearful expectation that others will also be killed before too long. Dissident members of Fatah, Palestinian Prime Minister Yaseer Arafat's power base, fed up with his autocratic rule and failure to secure an independent state, are demanding reforms, with militant factions defecting to Hamas in Gaza, where the Palestinian leader's authority is weakest. Small wonder then that Arafat, facing a possible Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip that would leave him marooned in his bombed-out headquarters in Ramallah, has been making overtures to Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihad to join forces with him.
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