ARAFAT MAYBE HAD STROKE
PALESTINIAN LEGISLATORS BEATEN
Ariel Sharon is being offered the post of Foreign Minister. Yes,
this is the same "war criminal" Ariel Sharon who masterminded the invasion of
Lebanon and the massacres of Sabra and Shatilla. He is likely to accept the position even
though he personally has opposed the upcoming 13% (actually 10% plus a
"no-build" 3% "nature reserve") transfer to "autonomy"
status. Sharon's main reason for accepting is to position himself for the Prime
Ministership should Israel face crisis or war, times when Israelis have traditionally
turned to well-known hard-line personalities.
Yasser Arafat is losing his balance...both politically and
literally. He now not only needs to be helped answer questions, he needs to be helped
keeping himself steady. Arafat continues to shake and quiver; but the reasons may be
far more than just Parkinson's disease. It is rumored that Arafat may have suffered a mild
stroke; and he is known to be psychologically depressed and increasingly at times
Jabril Rajoub is doing all he can to manuever himself into the
strongman position to take over from Arafat. This includes considerable bribery,
corruption, intimidation and mafia-style hulliganism. In recent days at least four members
of the Palestinian Legislative Council opposed to what is now evolving into an
Arafat/Rajoub Regime have been beaten or roughed up by some of Rajoub's thugs.