Each time Mahmoud Abbas threatens to step off the stage, and in recent years it has been happening once every few months, Israel panics.
As always, Israel is trying to understand whether this threat is more serious than before, and who Abbas' potential successors in Ramallah might be. As time passes and Abbas grows old (he celebrated his 80th birthday this year), Israel treats his threats more and more seriously.
Over the past few months, Europeans have publicly given Abbas their commitment to restart peace negotiations right after the Iran deal is approved. The Americans made him a similar promise as well, but only half-heartedly and in private. The Obama administration is intentionally presenting a vague position on the renewal of peace talks so as to not harm its Congressional prospects (on the Iranian nuclear deal).
Abbas' hints about retiring from the Palestinian Authority's leadership are accompanied by his recent announcement that he will not be renewing his candidacy for another high position he currently occupies: Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). He and nine other members of the PLO Executive Committee have announced their resignations.
No one will be surprised if the council calls for him and his friends to go back on their resignation, and no one will be surprised if Abbas reluctantly accepts the movement's decision and stay at the PLO's helm. At the same time, he's planning on distancing his enemies.
These kinds of stunts prove not only that Abbas isn't about to quit tomorrow morning, but that he wants to remain influential.
Representatives from a number of Palestinian terrorist organizations met in Beirut in order to work out a joint strategy to continue fighting Israel. The groups included Hamas, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Fatah, the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF) and the Revolutionary Palestinian Communist Party. The meeting focused on fighting Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, the "Judaization" of Jerusalem, and plans that would permit Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
WE MUST NOT FORGET! I watched the 9/11
attack live on several US television networks. It was a late night in
Two Holocaust survivors brutally beaten in Amsterdam. Attackers called Shmuel and Diana Blog ‘dirty Jews'; beating left them wheelchair-bound and cost Shmuel his sight. Welcome to the new Europe, same as the old one, with imported Islamo-Nazis to do their bidding this time. The Europeans hide behind their Islamic thugs. And, leftist Jews actively support these attacks with their money and votes!
Israel Reduces VAT
Israel's sales tax to drop by 1% for consumers and 1.5% for companies. "With high taxes, the economy does not grow," Netanyahu stated. "In recent months, the state treasury accumulated a surplus of billions," said Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon. "This money came from citizens and we intend to return it to citizens." (Have any ‘normal’ states done it?)
No Media Hype about Saudi Concern over
King Salman of
Iran’s supreme religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a series of threatening tweets Wednesday, said Israel would not survive the next 25 years and Iran would reject any negotiations with the US, or the “Great Satan,” beyond the nuclear deal. (Only by adopting the national Zionist plan and its decisive implementation Israel will be able to end enemy aggression, defeat them and reunite Jewish land!)
India and Israel's military relationship grew further last week, after Delhi quietly purchased ten armed Heron TP drones from the Jewish state in a $400 million deal. Herons are used for precision strikes and can carry over 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs). The ones being supplied to India will be equipped with air-to-ground missiles for destroying terror targets.
The UN General Assembly
has overwhelmingly approved the Palestinians' proposal to raise their flag,
along with that of the Holy See, at UN headquarters - a symbolic step in the
Palestinians' pursuit of statehood. The Palestinians and the
Quote of the Week:
“Let’s say you are a
human rights activist, and you want to express your positions but you don’t
want to die for them. In this case, you’ll come to
by Jack Moore
Mahmoud Abbas is considering opening a "new chapter in Palestinian history" in his UN General Assembly speech later this month, with the PA leadership "in favor" of voiding the Oslo peace accords with Israel, according to a PLO official.
The Oslo Accords, the first signed in 1993 and the second in 1995, outlined a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians with the aim of fulfilling the "right of the Palestinian people to self-determination."
The accords created the Palestinian Authority (PA), which today controls the West Bank and (sometimes) coordinates with Israel on security matters. It also created Areas A, B and C of the West Bank, with A under the PA's control, C under Israeli control and B under shared control.
The official confirmed that discussions over the move are continuing and that it has support from the majority of the Palestinian leadership.
"What Majdalani said, it's something that is being studied and is very popular. Most of the leadership are in favour of that," the official said.
"I think that the president, when it comes to an issue like this, does not comment until the decision has been made," the official added. "But what I can tell you is what Majdalani said is indeed being discussed and I think that people would be surprised if I told you the names pushing for it."
Abbas has routinely made symbolic statements in his annual UN General Assembly speech. Last year, he said that Israel had committed "genocide" during the seven-week Gaza War. In 2011, he announced in his speech that the Palestinians would seek membership for a state of Palestine at the UN Security Council. (This is a good new development, If they decide to void the Oslo Accords, which has expired 10 years ago, it will open the way for Israel to implement the Sinai Option.)