Qorei: Gaza in "an unprecedented state of chaos."
PA Prime Minister Qorei tried to resign amid the Gaza confusion but Arafat refused to accept his resignation, whatever that means. Meanwhile Arafat fired the police chief who was abducted and released yesterday. The Palestinian National Security Council declared a state of emergency. Answering calls to end corruption Arafat appointed his cousin to head security chief of Gaza. That'll help.
All of this vindicates UN Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen's warning earlier in the week that the PA "is in deep distress and is in real danger of collapse."
"[T]he paralysis of the Palestinian Authority has become abundantly clear and the deterioration of law and order in Palestinian areas is steadily worsening... The PA is in deep distress and is in real danger of collapse."
After these quite accurate remarks, Larsen was barred from PA areas. "Terje Roed-Larsen's statement is not objective. As of today he is an unwelcome person in Palestinian territories," a senior Arafat advisor said. That's what you get for telling the truth to the PA.
Should I start a PA collapse watch? Or an Islamist coup watch? Despite all that has happened this year, an Islamist take-over of Gaza (or more of the PA areas) could be the biggest story of 2004.