Wednesday, January 23, 2013

23-Jan-13: Postscript to Tuesday's Malaysian visit to Gaza

From Times of Israel:
The Malaysian prime minister's official visit to Hamas-controlled Gaza prompted a bitter protest from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who said it undermined his status and that of the PLO as the representative of the Palestinian people. Abbas said he was seeking “clarifications” from the Malaysian government.
We wrote earlier that we thought the PA's Palestinian prime minister "Salam Fayyad of Ramallah is not the kind to take it personally" when a Malaysian visitor forgets to take note of the 'other' Palestinian government. Turns out the more seriously out-of-joint nose belongs to Palestinian president Abbas.

Reminder: When the status of Arab leaders gets 'undermined' in their own minds, that's the time to worry that trouble is going to break out.

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