18 June '12..
Khaled Abu Toameh's latest piece, "Is the Palestinian Authority Losing Control in the West Bank?" is an absolute goldmine in terms of nuggets that can make one truly wonder, how can the Western supporters of the Palestinian Authority be so utterly clueless as to what they're investing in.
Here we go:
In recent weeks, the Palestinian Authority security forces have been launching a massive crackdown on anarchy and lawlessness in various parts of the West Bank. The crackdown was ordered by Abbas after he discovered what many Palestinians have known for a long time: that his security forces and Fatah loyalists are responsible for the chaos and anarchy. ... Dozens of Palestinian security officers, some of them holding very high ranks, have thus far been rounded up and transferred to a Palestinian prison in Jericho.
The officers, who were trained and armed by US and EU security experts over the past years, are suspected of involvement in various types of crime, including extortion, armed robbery, kidnappings, physical assaults and fraud. Some of them, according to Palestinian sources in the West Bank, are also suspected of involvement in trafficking weapons and drugs, The clampdown was ordered by Abbas following a series of incidents in Jenin, which reached their peak when unidentified gunmen openly tried to assassinate the Palestinian governor of the city, Kadoura Musa, who was not hurt in the assassination bid, but died a few hours later of a massive heart attack.
That the officers trained and armed by US and EU security experts have been involved in extortion, armed robbery, kidnappings, physical assaults and fraud ...involvement in trafficking weapons and drugs, not such a big deal evidently, no need to upset the apple-cart. Trying to assassinate the Governor of Jenin though may have been moving a bit too close for comfort for Mr. Abbas.
Palestinian security sources say that the crackdown has also resulted in the confiscation of dozens of rifles and pistols, as well as large amounts of ammunition, that were found in the possession of clans, armed gangs and unruly security officers.
But while many Palestinians have expressed satisfaction with the decision to restore law and order, others have, meanwhile, criticized Abbas for acting in a "hysterical" manner. Abbas's critics complain that the weapons that his security forces have confiscated were being kept for use against Israel.
If not for the attack on the Governor of Jenin, these weapons were evidently not of interest, but in any case, if mistakenly taken, we know they can be returned.
At the next U.S. State Department, United Nations or European Union press conference, where the issue of the progress and viability of a "Palestinian " State is raised, perhaps these lines of Kenny Rodger's "The Gambler" can be sung.
You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
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