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, including the security ones,” adding:
“The Israeli occupation authority, as of today, has to shoulder all responsibilities and obligations in front of the international community as an occupying power over the territory of the occupied state of Palestine.”
If he meant the above and followed through with policy changes, his remaining time as puppet president would likely be greatly shortened.
Perhaps his tenure would end in a way similar to Yasser Arafat’s elimination by Ariel Sharon in November 2004 — death at age-75 in a Paris hospital from polonium poisoning.
Analysis of his clothing, other personal belongings, even his toothbrush, showed traces of the deadly poison.
According to Medical News Today.com:
“Polonium-210 is a rare radioactive metal discovered by Marie Curie in the late 19th century.”
“If polonium-210 enters the body, through inhalation, swallowing, broken skin, the results can be fatal.”
“By mass, polonium-210 is one of the deadliest toxins, around 250 billion times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide.”
It’s not how Abbas wants his tenure to end, nor a similar fate — why he’ll continue serving as Israel’s enforcer as long as remaining in office.
Collaborating with Israel kept him as Palestinian puppet leader for over 15 years.
He won’t risk leaving office horizontally by disobeying its authorities.
In remarks broadcast by Palestinian television, he left himself wiggle room by saying he’s willing to negotiate an end of conflict based on a two-state solution.
Long ago it was possible, no longer, a one-state solution for all its people the only viable option because Israel virtually controls the Occupied Territories in their entirety.
If Israel annexes unlawful settlements, the Jordan Valley, and northern Dead Sea (around 30% of the West Bank) as Netanyahu vowed, it’ll drive a final stake into the heart of two-state discussion.
With or without annexation, the notion of two states is pure fantasy, a colossal hoax like decades no-peace/peace plans — Trump’s so-called “deal of the century” the most outrageously unacceptable of all, why it was dead before arrival.
Israeli control of historic Palestine won’t change through diplomacy. Only sustained longterm resistance is a viable option.
People power is the only chance for Palestinian liberation one day. It’s pure illusion to believe otherwise.
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Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
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