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February 08, 2003

Sharon's bureau chief: Arafat won't be around in the next few months

It is rather odd that despite the number of posts in the media (see below) about Sharon's meeting with Arafat and his gang, this report in the Internet Jerusalem Post suggests that Janus-like Arafat is finished.
Bureau chief for PM Ariel Sharon, Dov Weisglass, has said that within a few short months, Yasser Arafat would not be the chairman of the Palestinian Authority.

Weisglass said that a new leader would be elected who will be in complete control of the entire Palestinian Authority infrastructure.

Weisglass declined to comment on the discussions he has been holding with Palestinian Interior Minister Hani al-Hassan.

Weislglass told reporters however that the discussions had started some time before the elections and that they would continue this week.

He said that the aims of the discussions is to bring about a situation whereby the Palestinians would act in a serious way against terror as they have already started doing in the Gaza strip.

Israel, he added, would respond with a redeployment of its forces and will act to improve the economic and humanitarian situation of that part of the Palestinian population that is not involved in terrorist activities.

Weisglass also said that after the war in Iraq is over, the US will greatly increase its focus on the Israel-Palestinian issue.