Monday, January 06, 2003
Al-Jazeera is reporting this morning that the Fatah's Al-Aqsa Brigades now deny having carried out yesterdays massacre in Tel-Aviv, even though they had already taken responsibility and named the bombers!
It seems that the association of such a massacre with the PNA's leading faction is too damaging even for them. They may also be worried that this could be used to justify getting rid of Arafat. Finally, the "cat and mouse" game of accepting responsibility and then denying it - the Hamas and Jihad did the same - is an old Palestinian trick aimed at claiming the "glory" of the attack but avoiding Israeli reprisals. The trick is almost invariably unsuccessful because Israel catches the culprits in the end.
MITZNAH AND BLAIR
I cannot possibly imagine why the British Prime Minister would refuse to meet with the Israeli Foreign Minister, but happily invite the mayor of a third-rate Israeli industrial town to visit 10 Downing Street, particularly when all the polls reveal that that mayor is NOT going to be fulfilling any significant role in the next few years. Since I couldn't imagine that the fair British Labour Party would intervene in a foreign country's elections (particularly given their tremendous anger when Reagan did the same trick with his buddy Thatcher against Labour Party candidate Neil Kinnock), I am entirely puzzled by the move.
Mitznah described Sharon as the Head of the Mafia. Maybe Mitznah should watch it - he might wake up one morning to find Arafat's head at the end of his bed.
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