When Arafat’s corruption became as plain as the nose on his face, the foreign governments enabling the Palestinian Authority’s terrorist kleptocracy pulled a switch, declaring that Arafat was unacceptable, but the new reformist Abbas would solve everything. Then when Abbas’ corruption became as plain as the monopoly that he and his family and friends wielded over the perpetually bankrupt and indigent Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad became the new savior of the Palestinian Authority. The legitimate reformer Fayyad would do for the Palestinian Authority what Abbas failed to do for the Palestinian Authority.
Under the sway of the solemn mustache of the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, Fayyad became a term. Fayyad became Fayyadism. And Fayyadism became the hope of the Palestinian Authority… the Middle East… and possibly all of mankind.
Well, the Palestinian prime minister, Salam Fayyad, a former I.M.F. economist, is testing out the most exciting new idea in Arab governance ever. I call it “Fayyadism.”… Things are truly getting better in the West Bank, thanks to a combination of Fayyadism, improved Palestinian security and a lifting of checkpoints by Israel.
Thus wrote Friedman. So how is the savior of the Palestinian Authority doing now?
Mass protests have erupted over cost of living expenses (e.g. subsidies) with calls for Fayyad to step down in the usual manner in the Middle East, by accusing him of being a Zionist agent.
President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that the “Palestinian Spring” had begun, as Palestinians took to the streets across the West Bank in protest over rising prices.
“The Palestinian spring has begun, and we are in line with what the people say and what they want,” Abbas said, addressing a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo.
And what the people want… and by people I mean Abbas… is for Fayyad to step down.