Monday, 5 October 2009

PA 'to investigate' Goldstone cave-in

So Mahmoud Abbas is setting up a commission of inquiry to find out why his own people dropped their demand to for a UN HRC resolution condemning Israel over its rejection of the Goldstone report.

Jerusalem Post says ructions in the Old City are the PA's attempt to distract attention from the embarrassment - unlikely, I'd say.

Commission team - Hana Amireh, Azmi Shuaibi and Rami Hamdallah (who they?) - will report to the pro-Abbas PLO Executive Committee within a fortnight. Apparently pressure for it came from Fatah, and discredited Fatah hard man Muhammad Dahlan has been sounding off on the matter.

Some Abbas loyalists are saying it was PM Salam Fayyad who took the decision. Fayyad loyalists saying he's being framed by Abbas.

Personally, I can't remember a bigger scandal at the PA since the discovery that about half its 1997 budget was squandered through corruption and mismanagement.

Omar Barghouti in an Electronic Intifada editorial goes as far as arguing for the dissolution of the PA, because of its subordination of Palestinian interests to those of Israel and the United States.

Meanwhile, more proof, if needed, how sensitive Israel is to accusations of war crimes (and the evidence is pretty clear for most fair minded people I'd have thought) - Cabinet minister Moshe Yaalon's office admitted he had cancelled a trip to the UK for fear of being held to account to the July 2002 massacre committed in Gaza to claim the scalp of Hamas commander Salah Shehada.

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