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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Abu Mazen to dismantle the 'Palestinian Authority'?

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen warned Israel last week that he will dismantle the 'Palestinian Authority' if Israel frees dozens of Hamas 'lawmakers' that it holds in prison as part of an exchange for kidnapped IDF corporal Gilad Shalit.
Abbas sent the warning to GOC Central Command Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni via Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the PA's civil affairs department, who is responsible for coordinating with Israel on anything involving the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Al-Sheikh, who told Shamni that this was a "personal message" from Abbas, stressed that the Palestinian leader did not speak merely of "resigning," but of "dismantling the PA."

Israel arrested dozens of Hamas politicians, including ministers and parliament members, shortly after Hamas kidnapped Shalit on June 25, 2006. Many have since been released by order of a military court, but about 40 remain in Israeli jails.

The message from Abbas was highly unusual, since publicly, he tries to portray himself as the leader of all the Palestinians - for instance, by repeatedly demanding that Israel release all its Palestinian prisoners.


Abbas evidently fears that the release of senior Hamas politicians in exchange for Shalit would strengthen the Islamic organization's civilian infrastructure in the West Bank.

According to an Israeli source well-versed in what is happening in the PA, publication of Abbas' threat to dismantle the PA if Israel releases the Hamas parliamentarians is liable to discredit him massively in the eyes of many Palestinians.

In addition, the source noted, this threat creates another obstacle to Israel's efforts to reach an agreement for Shalit's release.
There are some very strange things about this report. First, note that it is not sourced. The 'well-versed' 'Israeli source' only notes that publication of the threat would discredit Abu Mazen. But who published it? It was a 'personal message' from Abu Mazen to Shamni. Where did Haaretz get it?

I believe that Abu Mazen said this, but I certainly don't believe it was intended for publication. Has Haaretz decided to bring about the fall of the inept Abu Mazen?



At 9:42 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel may decide Hamas is more preferable to deal with than the hapless and inept Abbas. It would keep agreements made with Israel, that the Palestinian Authority, due to its lack of popularity and credibility, has been unable to carry out. No one in Israel would shed any tears if in fact Abbas did resign and take down the entire PA with him.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Hat Tip to Carl - remember Saddam's famous "baby milk factory?" Seems like the Palestinians have gone the Iraqi dictator one better with baby milk milk tunnels.

Palestinian Baby Milk Tunnels


Read it all.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Dismantling the PA is a necessary step to solving the 'palis' problem.

C'mon Abu, do the right thing. Tear down the klepto-thugocracy.

After that, the 'palis' can be repatriated to Jordan and Egypt. They are welcome to become citizens of those countries. Israel should approach the high commissioner for refugees and demand they take responsibility for the 'palis'.

C'mon Abu, we are waiting. Do the right thing. Now. Please.


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