Man on a mission

Twair, Pat McDonnell
July 2006
Middle East;Jul2006, Issue 369, p16
The article presents an interview with Palestinian Liberation Organisation's Ambassador to the United States, Afif Safieh. When asked about Israel's escalated attacks on Gaza in Palestine, he says it has been Israel's policy since long to provoke the Arabs towards an escalation of the cycle of violence. On Israel's claim that it has no Palestinian to talk to, he says Israel decided not to recognize a Palestinian negotiating partner because it prefers to dictate its conditions. About the gun battles in the power struggle between Hamas and Fatah, two top organizations in Palestine, he categorically denies that Palestinian public opinion is in favor of civil war.


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