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Sunday, June 01, 2003

Shavua Tov

New Palestinian PM Says Arafat Is Still in Charge
Wed May 21, 2003 10:01 AM ET
CAIRO (Reuters) - New Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas said President Yasser Arafat remained in charge despite a U.S. and Israeli refusal to deal with him, and said his stamp of approval should precede any political action.

"Arafat is at the top of the (Palestinian) Authority. He's the man to whom we refer, regardless of the American or Israeli view of him," Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, said in an interview with Egypt's semi-official al Mussawar weekly.

"For us, Abu Ammar is the president elected by the Palestinian people and he is the chairman of the whole Palestinian Authority. We do not do anything without his approval," Abbas said, referring to Arafat by his nom de guerre.

Ah, the irony of making "peace" with someone who has a nom de guerre . . .