For a “reality-based” assessment of the post-Arafat landscape, there’s no one I would rather read than Carolyn Glick of the Jerusalem Post. Glick does not disappoint. Here’s the essence of it:
In their usual vacuous and ridiculous style, pundits, experts and politicians in Israel and from around the world have been mouthing off over the past week about Israel using the opportunity of Arafat’s death to strengthen the “reformist” elements in the PA. Fat chance of that working. There are no “reformist” elements in the PA. And anyone inside the PA who would dare speak of making changes to the way things are done would immediately be attacked, if not murdered, for daring to question Arafat’s legacy.
If Abbas or Qurei