The Palestinian “Temporary Cease-Fire”: Israel’s Political Risks and Opportunities with the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit between Prime Minister Sharon and Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen)
February 7, 2005 | Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi
The election of Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen), along with Israel's political and military pressure, has brought about a change in the Palestinian Authority's policy on continuing the "armed intifada." At the same time, the paramount interest of Hamas and Islamic Jihad is to reorganize and rebuild their capabilities after they were severely degraded by the Israel Defense Forces.
August 23, 2003 | David Keyes
October 14, 2001
President George W. Bush was very cautious about the marks he gave to Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat on the latter's cease-fire efforts. True, Bush stated: "I was pleased to see that Mr. Arafat is trying to control the radical elements within the Palestinian Authority, and I think the world ought to applaud him for that" (emphasis added). Bush re-stated his belief that "there ought to be a Palestinian state, the boundaries of which will be negotiated by the parties" (Presidential News Conference -- October 11, 2001 -- CNN.com).