In 2005, Israel virtually installed Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian president and PLO chairman.
A rigged election with no legitimacy assured it. His mandate is serving as Israel’s enforcer.
He’s kept in power as long as remaining submissive to Israeli interests at the expense of long-suffering Palestinians whose fundamental rights he long ago abandoned for special benefits afforded him by the Jewish state.
Like all politicians, ignore his rhetoric. Follow his actions alone.
His policies never deviated from collaborating with the enemy. A former aide called him the “sultan of Ramallah,” describing him as thin-skinned and vengeful, tolerating no opposition.
As long as he knows who’s boss, he’s allowed to continue as a figurehead president, a puppet of Israeli interests.
Throughout his tenure, Israel expanded illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land exponentially with no opposition from Abbas and his inner circle — other than meaningless rhetoric.
It’s hard recalling how many times he vowed no longer to go along with Israel/Palestinian agreements — actions never following rhetoric.
Time and again, he says one thing and does another, a duplicitous figure since involvement in the Oslo Accords.
Virtually all PLO agreements with Israel since Oslo in September 1993 benefitted the Jewish state exclusively at the expense of fundamental Palestinian rights – over a generation of betrayal by PLO officials.
Chances for turning a new page ahead are virtually nil. Abbas and other key PLO officials have much to lose by going this way – including their lives.
In November, he’ll be age-85. According to Israel’s Hebrew-language Israel Today broadsheet, its most widely read, “he won’t be in office much longer,” his replacement unclear.
PA intelligence chief Majid Faraq may be his most likely successor, an Israeli collaborator like Abbas.
On Tuesday, once again he disingenuously vowed to renounce all agreements with Israel, an empty threat like countless times before.
According to the Palestinian Wafa news agency, he announced his empty intention at a Ramallah emergency session to discuss relations with Israel, reportedly saying:
“The Palestine Liberation Organization and the state of Palestine are absolved, as of today, of all the agreements and understandings with the American and Israeli governments and of all the obligations based on these understandings and agreements,