|April 23, 2014: When Fatah and Hamas united-The sides, wrapping up two days of talks in Hamas-run Gaza, announced they had begun discussions to form a unity government. An interim government could be finalized within the next five weeks, with elections possible by early 2015, Fatah spokesman Fayez Abu Eitta said. They have since broken apart. The unity caused Israel to suspend peace talks. |
"In the midst of negotiations to resolve the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, the Shin Bet revealed an alleged plot by Hamas to depose Fatah rule in the West Bank. This would be achieved by deploying Hamas cells around the West Bank to incite a third intifada and overwhelm Palestinian Authority forces. More than 90 people were arrested. President Abbas said the plot was "a grave threat to the unity of the Palestinian people and its future."
We have had a lot of sympathetic Leftists in the USA who admire and bolster Mahmoud Abbas and his PA. Living under his authority is something they don't have to do. Ask a Palestinian and the record shows they actually prefer to live under Israeli rule.
|Mahmoud Abbas has been head of PA since November 11, 2004 when Arafat died. He has overstepped his January 9, 2009 limit for the past 6 years.|
Arafat and Fatah's center for operations was based in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, until 1993.
Who backs the PA? It's been the teary-eyed Americans who are its largest single-state donor who average $500 million annually in economic and security assistance. This is in addition to UNRWA who donated $250 million in 2014 alone. This money has probably gone into terrorist activities but hasn't been used at all to stop or even reduce " the threat of incitement and hate education-driven Palestinian terrorism. It hasn't caused Palestinians to want peaceful coexistence with Israel. It has not advanced the cause of democracy and human rights in the the Palestinian Authority. It hasn't changed them at all for the better. It hasn't even been used to pay off their bills for electricity or water they have owed to Israel and had been in great arrears.
|Belize mayor Darrell Bradley|
Abbas has run a corrupt dictatorship and uses international funds to consolidate his own administration rather than develop the Palestinian economy. Remember, when Arafat died, his widow was worth millions. Abbas learned his role well from the master. "In August 2002, the Israeli Military Intelligence Chief alleged that Arafat's personal wealth was in the range of US$1.3 billion." in 2003, a team of American accountants—hired by Arafat's own finance ministry—began examining Arafat's finances; this team reached a different conclusion. The team claimed that part of the Palestinian leader's wealth was in a secret portfolio worth close to $1 billion, with investments in companies like a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Ramallah, a Tunisian cell phone company and venture capital funds in the US and the Cayman Islands. The head of the investigation stated that "although the money for the portfolio came from public funds like Palestinian taxes, virtually none of it was used for the Palestinian people; it was all controlled by Arafat. And none of these dealings were made public."
In East Jerusalem, the PA is highly mistrusted. Most Palestinians would prefer to live under the present Israeli rule. " Bassam Eid, founder of Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group based in Jerusalem, said that the Palestinians do need strong democratic institutions and an end to human rights violations. They never got it from the PA. America should make pre-conditions before they give more foreign aid to the PA in order to transform their own conduct.
I find it tragic that the USA would urge the statehood of such a robber who was born a terrorist group who hasn't really changed their behaviors. Their goal has always been the destruction of Israel and they rule their own people as peons in the Middle Ages. Did women find this James Cagney type Arafat sexy with his guns on his hips in the UN or what? What's the inducement to back such unsavory behaviors?
Yoram Ettinger: Former Ambassador Ettinger – who did his graduate studies at UCLA and undergraduate at UTEP - served as Minister for Congressional Affairs at Israel's Embassy in Washington (with the rank of ambassador), as Israel's Consul General in Houston and as Director of Israel's Government Press Office. He is the editor of Straight From The Jerusalem Cloakroom and Boardroom, newsletters on issues of national security and overseas investments in Israel's high-tech.
Resource: The Jewish Press, July 3, 2015, page 6, 23. The Nature of Abbas and His Regime by Yoram Ettinger