The death of Yasir Arafat in November 2004 has given newly elected PA president Mahmoud Abbas the chance to pursue his strategy of cease-fire (with Israel), reform (of PA institutions), and negotiations (over the Quartet-sponsored road map and final status issues). In assessing the prospects of success for this strategy, the author examines three main obstacles: opposition from Hamas and other Palestinian groups; disunity within Abbas's own Fatah movement; and Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's agenda, which is totally at odds with the PA's vision of a Palestinian ““state.”” The dilemma facing Abbas is that the final status issues must be confronted as soon as possible if there is any chance for a viable state, but the kind of struggle necessary to negotiate successfully requires thorough-going reform, which takes time the Palestinians do not have.
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Research Article| January 01 2005
The Palestinians after Arafat
Journal of Palestine Studies (2005) 34 (3): 42–56.
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Graham Usher; The Palestinians after Arafat. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 January 2005; 34 (3): 42–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2005.34.3.42
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