Palestinian Political Leadership, Then and Now

Palestinians are proclaiming their readiness to establish a state of their own in the near future, and are asking the international community, including Israel, to assist in making their national aspirations a reality. No matter what develops over the next few months, it may be instructive to ask who will lead such a state, especially since the current president of the Palestine National Authority, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has publicly stated his intention not to seek the presidency of a future Palestinian state. One of the many tragedies that are endemic to Palestinian history is the failure of...

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