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Time is Running Out

01/05/2004 | by Felix Neugart | Near and Middle East/North Africa, Security

Since the end of the war in Iraq last year, a new wave of violence has dashed for the moment any hope for a quick negotiated breakthrough in the prolonged guerrilla war between Israelis and Palestinians. The resignation of moderate Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmut Abbas last September after only half a year in office showed that the attempt to isolate the recalcitrant Palestinian Authority President Yasir Arafat through external pressure in 2003 misfired.