NPR's Melissa Block talks with Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, about the outlook for the new Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Shikaki says Palestinians have high expectations for Abbas, so any failure could cause great disillusionment.
A poster of Mahmoud Abbas, left, sits alongside one of deceased leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza, Jan. 10.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.