Saturday, October 30, 2004

More re Barghouti

From the London Economist editorial "The end of the Arafat era?"; discussing potential candidates to succeed the so-called "chairman":

"Few Palestinian leaders, young or old, are thought to command broad support in the larger West Bank. One possible exception is Marwan Barghouti, a senior Fatah figure who is currently in an Israeli prison serving five life terms for his role in armed attacks on Israeli civilians (he denied involvement). Many Israelis regard the pragmatic Mr Barghouti as a man with whom they might be able to do business. Mr Sharon could choose to free him, clearing the way for an authentic national leader to don Mr Arafat’s mantle. But almost no one believes this will happen."

Remember, you read it about in P&C first ... and second ... and now third.