Democratic Reform in the Palestinian Leadership

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Democratic Reform in the Palestinian Leadership

June 17, 2002

President Bush spoke recently about the need for democratic reform and an end to corruption in the Palestinian leadership.

Three good things can happen if the Palestinians take the President's call seriously.

First, the Palestinian people will be the beneficiaries. They deserve the prospect of a better life, but, as the President said, until now they've been poorly served by their own leadership.

Second, the chances for peace will be increased. A whole new climate will be created. Democracies settle their differences peacefully, not through suicide bombings.

And third, maybe the Palestinian model could prove contagious.

Apart from Israel, democracy in the Middle East is non-existent. Imagine for a moment the positive impact on the region – and the world – if the democratic revolution that has swept Eastern Europe, South Africa, and large parts of Asia and Latin America spread to the Middle East.

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This is David Harris of the American Jewish Committee.

Date: 6/17/2002
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