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Thursday, February 05, 2004

Palestinians Accuse . . .

AP: RAMALLAH, West Bank - A senior adviser to Yasser Arafat on Wednesday accused the United States of "blackmailing" the Palestinians by withholding aid — unusually harsh criticism reflecting exasperation with perceived U.S. disengagement from the Mideast conflict.


Reuters: UNITED NATIONS - The Palestinians accused United Nations staff on Tuesday of improperly leaking documents to Israel from a World Court case challenging Israel's construction of a barrier in the West Bank. . . The Palestinian U.N. envoy called on the United Nations to investigate the allegations and punish anyone found to have leaked documents in the politically explosive case pending before the Hague-based U.N. court.
The Palestinians obviously understand the old cliche about the best defense being a good offense. I wish Israel would get it. It's so simple . . . isn't it?


AFP/File/Pedro Ugarte