Meanwhile, Channel Ten reported on Friday night that top officials in Fatah are considering running a candidate other than Abbas, the current PA chairman as well as the Fatah faction leader, despite the fact that the early elections were initiated by Abbas himself. Senior faction members are concerned that Abbas may not retain enough popularity to beat the Hamas terrorist organization that won control of the government by a landslide victory during the elections a year ago.I have no idea if this will come to pass but it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibilities, and unlike those anonymous Fatah officials, I see no reason why the Israelis would or should release Barghouti. Barghouti’s hands are so drenched with blood that four years later - they are still dripping.
Their Number One choice thus far is arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is currently serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for his role in the murder of over 30 Israeli Jews. If he is elected, Fatah officials contend that Israel will have no choice but to release him. Israel has said Barghouti will never be freed.
But if this comes to pass, what I wouldn’t give to a fly on the wall when the Bush Administration learns how all their best efforts to remake and prop up their man Abbas has all come to naught.