There is no change in the PA. Earlier today, April 24, 2003, it was thought that Abu Mazen had become the leader of the PA. However, I thought that Arafat wouldn't let Abu Mazen take control and how right I was. Yassir Arafat, Saeb Erkat, and Yasser Abed Rabbo are staying in charge of negotiations. This means that Abu Mazen is Arafat's "puppet."
Recently, after over thirty years, the world was beginning to realize that Yassir Arafat is a terrorist. Yassir Arafat, obviously wanted to stay in power decided to use Abu Mazen who claims he is moderate. Abu Mazen was to become the leader or "premier" as they call it; (more like dictator) but Arafat will still hold most of the power and what he wants done will be done.
The next thing that will happen is that the world will completely shut its eyes again and it will say, "We will really get somewhere with this huge reform of Arafat's government." Yeah, knowing he's in charge of negotiations, we'll get somewhere alright, we'll get into more years of terrorism.
If Saddam Hussein would have been as smart as Arafat, he could have also used someone as a "puppet" and he almost did. In November 2002, he claimed that he was going to give control to his son. Yet, he understood that his son was also wanted by the US and decided he wouldn't find someone to be his puppet.
Yassir Arafat is probably the most clever terrorist alive. He has stayed in control for over thirty five years. And nothing can be done about him. If he is killed, arrested, or expelled from Israel, he becomes a martyar to his people. If he is threatened with exile by the world, he uses a "puppet" to take his place.