Sept. 11, 2015
- The Palestinian Predicament, Part 1: The PLO Loses Relevancy – Pinhas Inbari
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas suffered a defeat on Sept. 9, 2015; his plan to convene the Palestinian National Council, as a means of boosting his legitimacy before speaking at the UN General Assembly later this month, failed. The reasons for the failure essentially come down to the PLO’s loss of relevance to the Arab world’s order of priorities.
The Palestinian leadership has kept clinging to the old agenda as if the struggle for a Palestinian state is the cardinal issue for the Arab world, and not the very survival of the Arab peoples themselves – including the Palestinians – as they suffer assaults from Shiite and Sunni radical armies as well as stream into Europe for refuge. The writer, an analyst for the Jerusalem Center, is a veteran Arab affairs correspondent who formerly reported for Israel Radio and Al Hamishmar newspaper. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
See also The Palestinian Predicament, Part 2: Hamas Behind Talk of Long-Term Gaza Truce – Yoni Ben Menachem
Hamas is pursuing a new agenda that involves attacking Abbas after the failure of the initiative by Tony Blair, former emissary of the International Quartet, to work out a long-term truce in Gaza. Hamas is in distress because it has no solution to the Gazan malaise and the failure to rehabilitate Gaza. In recent weeks it merely deluded the population that it was on the verge of signing a long-term truce that would mean the lifting of the blockade and the building of a seaport.
Abbas anticipated Hamas by taking his own initiative. He is threatening to retire from politics and to announce the cancellation of the Oslo Accords as part of his upcoming speech to the UN General Assembly, convening on Sept. 15. At the same time, Abbas is unable to offer a new diplomatic horizon to the Palestinians or even a temporary solution for their state of affairs. The writer is a senior Middle East analyst for the Jerusalem Center and former Director General and Chief Editor of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)