Thursday, January 10, 2008
Bush’s 1,500-strong Secret Service unit occupies Palestinian government center in Ramallah for his first visit
You have to read this to realize who Abbas is:
"The US Secret Service virtually took over the Palestinian Authority’s seat of government in Ramallah, enforcing unheard-of security measures for President George W. Bush’s talks with Mahmoud Abbas and PM Salam Fayyad Thursday, Jan. 10. Compared with US-Israeli security cooperation for the president’s first day in Israel, the US force cut Palestinian security officials out of the loop. Armed with an amazing arsenal of hardware and electronics, they cordoned the Ramallah government center off with a one-kilometer deep “sterile zone” - closed even to the Palestinian presidential guard and the media, except for a pool. Abbas’ office furniture was replaced with American products.
US officers barred entry to the Palestinian government center except for persons appearing on their list, albeit minus bodyguards. Only Abbas and Fayyad will be allowed small personal contingents of listed guards.
Top-secret security measures were also enforced in Bethlehem ahead of the president’s visit to the Church of the Nativity.
The US president politely refused Abbas’ personal request to lay a wreath at Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah mausoleum because of his timetable........"