Monday, November 08, 2004

No accounting

Yesterday, Suha Arafat told Al-Jazeera that Palestinian Authority prime minister Ahmed Qureia and former prime minister Mahmoud Abbas were trying to "bury Abu Amar (Arafat) alive." Today, Jerusalem Post columnist Khaled Abu Toameh attributed her outburst to an intense desire for revenge:

"Suha's dramatic appeal is seen as an attempt to settle accounts with all those who turned her life into hell over the past decade."

Her motive is "an attempt to settle accounts," but not in the sense that Toameh intended. Here's the more likely scenario, from the Israeli ex-spook DEBKA website:

"Arafat’s wife Suha will demand Abbas and Qureia sign documents drafted by her French lawyers guaranteeing her multimillion dollar inheritance and pension - as price for switching off life support systems."