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Stalemate in the Middle East

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Submitted by Tom Jones (United States), Dec 23, 2003 at 08:11

Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in a difficult spot. The ball is now in his court since PLO Chairman Arafat has solidified his own power with the ouster of Abbas, and the Israelis are unwilling to deal with Arafat. To placate the United States, Sharon must take some action to get the peace talks rolling again. If the Palistinians don't reciprocate (and I don't believe that they will) the situation will be in permanent stalemate until the removal of Arafat by either elimination or exile.
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