Abbas Resigns

This is bad news for the region, but it may provide cover for Israel to remove Arafat once and for all.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, increasingly unpopular and worn out by a power struggle with Yasser Arafat, submitted his resignation Saturday, dealing a serious blow to a U.S.-backed peace plan.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s office warned it would not agree to Arafat heading the Palestinian government, and a senior Israeli official demanded that Arafat be sent into exile.

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  1. Meryl Yourish September 7, 2003