Thursday, January 12, 2006

Mixed Emotions, Buddy

"Mixed emotions, buddy. Like Saeb Erekat going off a cliff in my new Maserati." From Israeli Insider:
Saeb Erekat's re-election to parliament may not be a sure thing, even though his challenger is a political rookie.
That's the upside. This douche is a professional liar, a capital T Tool and a creature of Arafatism. He leaves a slimey trail where ever he goes. (But not without a sense of irony: he has a PhD in Peace Studies.) Erekat is a toady, a cretin, the Palestinian version of the equally loathsome Adel Al-Jubeir, that Saudi sock puppet who is constantly lying to us about our "good friends," the Saudis.

Here the downside.
Erekat's opponent, 36-year-old Khaled Rai, is backed by Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group poised to make a strong showing against Erekat's Fatah Party in Jan. 25 elections. ...
Across Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Hamas is closing the gap. A survey published Wednesday indicated 31 percent voter support for Hamas, compared to 35 percent for Fatah. It's a 10-point gain for Hamas from a month ago.
Erekat's Jericho seat in the "Palestinian Parliament/Politburo" had been considered safe for Fatah. No any more. Saeb, bald, beardless, and soft as a warm turd in his fitted grey suit is facing a more sincere and serious man. His Hamas opponent, Rai,
lost the three middle fingers of his right hand while handling explosives in 1990, during the first Palestinian uprising. He has since served time in Israeli and Palestinian prisons for militant activity, and spent a year in Lebanon after being exiled by Israel.
Erekat has less than two weeks to weasel his way out of this. He'll probably pull it off but Fatah as a whole is in deeper trouble.
According to the Bir Zeit poll, Hamas would win an overwhelming majority in the three largest districts, Gaza City, Hebron and Nablus, where 23 of the 132 parliament seats are up for grabs.
If Erekat and Fatah lose to Hamas, look for Saeb along with his wife and children to go into exile in a nice Western country. You can bet he doesn't want to get any shrapnel on his suits. But regardless of this election, it's over for Fatah. They're yesterday's news, a relic from the '60s kept on life support by the "international community". They're fading from the scene, not to be missed or mourned.

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