Israel News reports,

Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei reportedly has told Palestinian President Yasser Arafat he wants to resign over Arafat’s refusal to permit a Qurei appointment to join the government.

In an earlier setback Thursday for Qurei, legislators put off a vote on his Cabinet amid bitter disputes Thursday over its composition and size.

The arguments over the Palestinian Cabinet flared in back-room negotiations even as dozens of legislators and hundreds of Palestinian officials gathered for the expected confirmation of an emergency eight-person Cabinet appointed earlier this week by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

“Everyone has his own script and so we feel that we need more time. We are sorry for troubling you,” Deputy Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Abu Najar told legislators, who had been waiting at Arafat’s headquarters here for more than an hour.

We’ll see how this pans out but it strikes me as more evidence that Friedman’s piece amounts to mere wishful thinking.

(Hat tip: Max Jacobs)

And, yes, I know the title doesn’t make any sense. I just couldn’t resist.

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