March 2001
International Journal on World Peace;Mar2001, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p98
Academic Journal
This article reports on recent development related to the relationship between Israel and Palestine., with specific reference to some political change in Israel. A national unity government, the major constituents of which are the Likud and Labor parties, has been sworn in under the leadership of Arid Sharon of the Likud party in Israel. Prime minister Sharon campaigned on a platform that proposed taking a hard line with the Palestinian Authority (PA) until such time as the Authority denounced Palestinian terrorism and took concrete steps to put a halt to such activities. Yasir Arafat, the leader of the PA, has been loathe to make such a statement or to undertake measures that would curb the violence. Observers speculate that this may well be due to fear on his part that such directives would be ineffective, thus undermining his position of authority. A change in the Israeli electoral system became law almost concomitant with the installation of the new government. The anticipated increase in political stability may facilitate Israel's ability to negotiate agreements with the Palestinian Authority.


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