The end of the 'Palestinian Authority'?
For the umpteenth time, the United Nations representative to the 'peace talks,' Robert Serry, assures us that the sky is falling. According to Serry, if the current talks do not result in a 'Palestinian state,' the 'Palestinian Authority' will collapse
In remarks broadcast on Israel Radio, Robert Serry said that the urgency
of the hour gives him hope that both sides will approach this latest
round of negotiations with greater willingness to make progress.
"There is a growing realization on both sides that it is important
for them to make meaningful progress and to make these talks not just
another round of talks," Serry told Israel Radio.
"I think it is
also a time for both sides to make tough decisions," he said. "If there
is a willingness to do this, then I believe this goal [of a final status
agreement] can be reached within six to nine months."
Serry warned that yet another collapse of the peace process would cast a
heavy pall over the political future of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas has already been, for a long time, the leader of what is
considered to be the more moderate wing of the Palestinian movement
which is committed to a two-state solution," Serry told Israel Radio.
"Another failure will have consequences for him."
"But the very
reason that in my view the consequences for both sides will be pretty
serious if this fails again gives me hope that they will be serious in
this US-led effort to return to meaningful negotiations."
63-year-old Dutch diplomat says that peace is all the more imperative
since the current governmental infrastructure that has taken root in the
West Bank will no longer have legitimacy if it is not seen as a way
station toward a Palestinian state.
"If this state-building
remains without a credible political horizon, that cannot just continue
endlessly, and that is why the resumption of talks at this point is so
important," he said.
"These institutions have been built up. If
their ultimate meaning, which is to be the foundation stones of a
Palestinian state, becomes a total illusion, then we should not take
their continued existence for granted. It should be clear to anyone."
Given that Abu Bluff's elected term in office expired four and a half years ago, how much legitimacy does he have now? How can he possibly make compromises for 'peace'?
Labels: Abu Mazen, Middle East peace process, Middle East quartet, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian state RIGHT NOW syndrome, Robert Serry