First Published: 2004-09-20

Fayez urges Arafat to yield power to Qorei

Jordanian PM says his Palestinian counterpart must possess wider powers including security system.


Middle East Online

Arafat still holds grip on security

AMMAN - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat should yield more power to his prime minister to bolster the Palestinian position in the run-up to the US presidential election, Jordanian Prime Minister Faisal al-Fayez said.

Arafat "is the symbol of the Palestinian people but there must be wider powers in the hands of the prime minister (Ahmed Qorei)," Fayez said in statements carried by Jordanian newspapers.

This decentralisation was essential "because there are malfunctions in the Palestinian security system", Fayez was quoted as saying in an interview conducted late Sunday by the Dubai-based satellite channel Al-Arabiya.

Fayez said he did not expect any progress to be made in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in the run-up to the November US election.

"We don't expect any movement in the peace progress until after the US election. This will be a wait-and-see period, but it is important to rearrange the Palestinian house so that their position will be strong," he said.

Fayez sought to evade the issue when asked whether US President George W. Bush or Democrat challenger John Kerry would be better for the Palestinian quest of setting up an independent state alongside Israel.

"US policies towards the Middle East are known. The difference is in the tactics," he said.

Jordan's King Abdullah II caused a stir in August when he said in a television interview that the floundering Middle East peace roadmap was an opportunity Palestinians needed to seize to obtain their promised state.

A Tel Aviv University poll published in mid-August showed that a majority of Israeli Jews overwhelmingly want Bush to beat Kerry in the November 2 election.


Russia prepares retaliation against Turkey

Tunisia to rethink anti-IS strategy

Cameron pushes for Britain to join Syria air strikes

Erdogan denies buying oil from IS

Somali pirates seize Iran fishing boat with 15 crew

Lavrov says no war with Turkey after 'planned provocation'

Tunisia under state of emergency

Missing Iranian diplomat found dead in Saudi

Heavy Russia raids at site of Syria plane crash

Tunisia declares state of emergency after terrorist attack in heart of capital

Bahrain calls HRW torture report 'misleading'

Syria, Russia foreign ministers set Moscow talks

Rival Libya tribes sign peace deal to end months of fighting

Turkey reveals new cabinet of Erdogan allies

Turkey downs Russia Su-24 fighter jet on Syria border

Hopes fade away as Sudan peace talks break without deal

At least 6 dead in Libya bomb attack

ISIS suicide bombers kill four in assault on Sinai hotel

Kerry visits Israel with scant hopes for major breakthrough

Hollande heads to Washington to seek support for war on ISIS

Brussels extends terror alert as US issues worldwide travel warning

UAE blames Islamists for delay in military operation in Taez

Egypt kills 5 Sudanese migrants near border with Israel

Anti-Muslim hate crimes rise 300 percent in Britain

Russia eases restrictions on nuclear cooperation with Iran

Gulf leaders to hold annual summit on December 10

Ex-Gathafi Minister arrested over murder of UK policewoman

UK boosts military spending as pressure grows to join anti-ISIS strikes

Israel bars Palestinians from West Bank settlement bloc

Iraq suspends northern flights due to danger posed by Russia missiles

Syria army advances against ISIS in central province of Homs

Pro-Kurdish leader escapes assassination attempt in Turkey

Tunisia group claims beheading of young shepherd on behalf of ISIS

Kerry arrives in Abu Dhabi for Syria discussions

Three Palestinians killed as fresh violence hits West Bank

Iran arrests ISIS-linked cell near Iraq border

Brussels remains on high alert for second day in a row

Israel seeks to strip citizenship of those who join ISIS

France warns Libya as ISIS gains ground

Fear escalates as ISIS edges closer to Syria Christian town

Iran sentences reporter Jason Rezaian to prison

Egyptians vote in second phase of parliamentary elections

Assad grateful to Russia as army advances on ‘nearly every front’

Obama calls for resolve in face of terrorist threats

Russia bombs ISIS in heaviest strikes since beginning of Syria war