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By Micah Halpern

Thursday August 11, 2011

I've Been Thinking:

Events in the Middle East are sometimes so hilarious that even experienced analysts throw up their hands in disbelief.

Case in point: the other day I read about a high level report prepared for Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president. The report was about the poisoning death of Arafat.

Two other reports like this have already surfaced, so I was not surprised to read that there was a third account. The first two reports rambled on, page after page, explaining how the Israelis poisoned Arafat in his French hospital bed.

This report contained new and different information. It blamed Mohammed Dahlan - not the Israelis. Dahlan was Arafat's strong-arm man in Gaza, he was an up and coming leader under Arafat. Dahlan and Marwan Barghouti were thought to be the future of Palestinian leadership. And Dahlan was the preferred choice of the Clinton administration.

Mohammed Dahlan has, for the most part, been out of the Palestinian picture ever since the coup that ousted Fatah from Gaza. He did, however recently criticize the PA leader by suggesting that Abbas saw himself above the law for pushing off elections. Dahlan was slapped with a charge of sedition and has left the country.

In order to further sully Dahlan and make certain that he cannot make a play for power this new report emerged, constructed and made public by Abbas' cronies.

I wonder why they didn't just come out with it and call him a Mossad operative?