|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
OCTOBER 29, 2004
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Interviews Available: Prospects for the Future Without Arafat
WASHINGTON -- October 29 --[Please note that Rabbani is based in Amman, Jordan, which is seven hours later than Eastern Standard Time.] Mouin Rabbani is senior Middle East analyst with the International Crisis Group, specializing on Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and a contributing editor of Middle East Report. He has published widely on Palestinian issues and travels to Palestine frequently. Commenting on possible scenarios in the event that Arafat is incapacitated, Rabbani said today: "The Palestinians' pre-eminent challenge will be to prevent the national movement's geographic and organizational fragmentation, reconstruct it as a popular and inclusive institution with a clear strategy and political program that enjoys the allegiance of the main political forces and the majority of Palestinians, and be able to implement it on the ground -- no small task. The idea that Arafat is going to be replaced by a leader willing and able to accept what Arafat rejected is a pipe dream. To the contrary, it may well be the case that Arafat takes the two-state settlement -- what is left of it -- with him to the grave."