Powerless in Gaza

Recently I wrote about Alan Johnston, the BBC reporter kidnapped on March 12 and still held by one of the gangster clans of Gaza.

Yesterday, BBC director general Mark Thompson reported that Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas had assured him that Johnston was well, and that he was doing everything possible to get him back. Johnston’s reporting was quite friendly to the Palestinians, and one would think that Abbas would want to help.

But based on Abbas’ track record (“we won’t join a unity government with Hamas”, “Shalit is about to be freed”, etc.), I’d advise Mr. Thompson to be patient.

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