In his speech to Palestinian law makers on
Wednesday, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, admitted that the
Palestinian Authority made many mistakes, that some officials misused
their positions, and that some PA institutes lacked transparency and
accountability, but promised to work to correct mistakes and carry out
the needed reforms.

‘There were wrong actions … by some institutions, and some were irresponsible and misused their positions,’ Arafat said

“There is nobody immune from mistakes, starting from me on down. Even prophets committed mistakes.’ He added.

‘We need to move together to correct and reform all the mistakes.’ He concluded.

Much of Arafat’s speech was devoted to praise and express support to
Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails, who announced few days ago
an open ended hunger strike to protest against grieve human conditions
inside jails and detention centers.

Arafat also expressed full confidence in Ahmed Qurei’s cabinet,
promising full support to its efforts to implement reforms in both PA
civil and security branches.

Few Palestinian lawmakers expressed satisfaction with Arafat’s speech, but said to be waiting for practical steps.