Kidnappings and gunfights headlined a new wave of street violence in Gaza last week. The unrest is an angry answer to Yasser Arafat’s corruption and nepotism. Palestinians are becoming increasingly fed up with the absence of law and their deteriorating living conditions, and are now pointing the finger squarely at the chairman of the Palestinian authority. Arafat is at his best in times of uncertainty and chaos, but it’s clear that leading up to Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, the jostling for power has begun.
Fouad Ajami, Director of Middle Eastern Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University
Rami Khouri, Executive Editor of The Daily Star in Beirut
Khalil Shikaki, Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.