Monday, December 26, 2005

Of Palestine

Israel believes the collapse of the Palestinian Authority may be imminent:

JERUSALEM - Israel is prepared for a possible "collapse" in the Palestinian Authority that could render Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas incapable of imposing law and order, a senior official said Sunday.

"We are prepared for a possible collapse in the Palestinian Authority that could risk seeing Mahmud Abbas unable to impose law and order on the ground as well as within his own Fatah party," the source told AFP.

"At this point, Mahmud Abbas is so weak in relation to Hamas that he is unable to implement the smallest decision," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.