Arabian Business Weekly Update 13 February 2005

It is time the Palestinian president sought peace with militant groups. JUST over a month since being elected president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas has delivered. His unexpected peace deal with Israel is a personal triumph against all expectations. But his real test comes now: doing a peace deal with the rest of Palestine. The wave of optimism that has swept the region suggests that Abbas may ultimately succeed where his predecessor Yasser Arafat could never dream of venturing.

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