The Palestinian president’s predicament

February 14, 2018 8:40 am mei.edu
The Palestinian president’s predicament

“Abbas needs a crisis,” a veteran Palestinian analyst told me, circa 2012. Sitting in his East Jerusalem office, surrounded by photos chronicling Palestinian history in sepia, the respected academic was commenting on the inertia that has long characterized the policy decisions of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Indeed, since Benjamin Netanyahu became Israeli prime minister in 2009, President Abbas has juggled between three tracks: negotiations with Israel, rapprochement with his Hamas…

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