No 6

11 February 2002

ThePolitical Scene

Israels Prime Minister, ArielSharon, arrived in Washington with a double, linked objective: to try to convincethe Bush Administration that it should stop dealing with Yasir 'Arafat, andseek an alternative Palestinian leadership; and to encourage the US Presidentto even greater efforts in his campaign against Iran by emphasizing its allegedrole in arming and sustaining Palestinian resistance in the OccupiedTerritories. After meeting Mr Sharon,...