Friday, January 09, 2004

Bizzaro world alive and well

"Despair...grips the Palestinian leadership" and the Palestinian "prime minister" suggests that the Palestinians will "push to become citizens of a single Jewish-Arab nation" should Israel continue with its plan of unilateral withdrawal.

The Palestinian people may forgo their decades-long struggle for an independent state and instead push to become citizens of a single Jewish-Arab nation, the Palestinian Authority prime minister said Thursday in response to an Israeli threat to unilaterally draw boundaries.

Ahmed Korei's warning — his first tactical response to Israel's threat — provided a stark glimpse into the despair that has gripped the Palestinian leadership as a bloody uprising for independence drags into its fourth year with no resolution in sight.

If there is no agreement, "we will go for a one-state solution," Korei said.

"We will not hesitate to defend the right of our people when we feel the very serious intention [of Israel] to destroy these rights."


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