From: Jewish Peace News <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:55 AM
Subject: Diana Buttu on the direct talks / The Electronic Intifada
Nora Barrows-Friedman interviewed Ramallah-based lawyer and former PLO advisor Diana Buttu about the US sponsored direct talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israeli Government representatives.
Diana Buttu points out the isolation of Fatah from other factions of the PLO, and the increasingly authoritarian behavior of Mahmoud Abbas:
"... Mahmoud Abbas is the same man who hijacked Palestinian elections a year and a half ago, when he unilaterally declared that his term was extended. This is the same man who has failed to hold the Palestinian Legislative Council elections. This is the same individual who has canceled the municipal elections, all under the guise of, "oh, this is too difficult right now."
So it is not at all surprising that Mahmoud Abbas, speaking on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas, comes forward and declares that the PLO has accepted such talks when they haven't..."
To read the full interview, go to http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11492.shtml
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