Плохое соседство Махмуда Аббаса

В то время, как Газа балансирует на грани гражданской войны, остается только пожалеть бедного Махмуда Аббаса, который занял пост президента Палестинской Автономии два с половиной года назад после смерти Ясира Арафата. Ученый по профессии, Аббас энергично старался руководить палестинским народом с вежливостью, приверженностью демократическим принципам и общественным презрением к насилию.

Но у него никогда не было шансов. Палестинские противники, как из его собственной партии Фатх, так и среди исламистов Хамаса, а также из Израиля, принимали вежливость Аббаса за слабость.

Аббас ввел стиль управления, совершенно противоположный стилю Арафата. До последнего дня одетый в свой военный мундир, Абу Аммар (революционный псевдоним Арафата) не верил в то, что пришло время гражданскому лицу занять пост президента, пока продолжается израильская оккупация. Одетый в костюм и галстук, Аббас ввел профессиональный западный стиль президентского управления, но понятия не имел о том, что делать с вооруженными отрядами народных масс.

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