Middle East Economic Survey


No 30


The Political Scene (26 July 2004)

Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat is facing an intifada of his own, as well as international pressure to reform his autocratic method of government. France and Israel are at odds over Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharons call for French Jews to emigrate. The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly endorsed the World Courts view that Israels separation barrier is illegal. And the US is trying to persuade the...