Thursday, June 05, 2003

Abbas, who is also known as Abu
Mazen, will brief the prime
minister on the anti-terror
steps already taken by
Palestinian Authority chief
security Mohammed Dahlan, and
how he intends to deploy his
forces across the Palestinian

This would seem to indicate that Dahlan is beginning to move, or at least preparing to move, against the terror organizations in the territories. If this is true, then it is an enormously significant development, but we'll have to wait a few days to find out if its for real or not. He could throw a lot of people in jail loudly and then release them quietly a few days later, and a host of other tricks and deceptions. The reaction of the Palestinian public is also going to be a significant factor, obviously. I am adopting a very serious wait and see attitude on this one.


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