Hopes of peace between Israel and the Palestinians keep being dashed by Palestinian leadership, including Mahmoud Abbas, the P.A. chief who lacks power, vision, and integrity. But, writes Ynet News' Smadar Perry, Israel is not alone, as the rest of the world is growing tired of Abbas' failings:
Look at the 15 members of the allegedly new PLO Executive Committee. They didn’t have to run around the villages of the West Bank, collecting votes. In Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ quid pro quo system, he rewarded a group of disciplined people, summoned them like thieves in the night between Thursday and Friday, without elections and without a vote, and sent the media a group photo.
Three Palestinian journalists insisted on informing the public that the average age of the group of dinosaurs in the Executive Committee, led by Abbas, is 70 years. The young generation isn’t represented. The rais couldn’t care less them and would rather ignore them. Only obedient people like Saeb Erekat and functionaries like Azzam al-Ahmad are rewarded. A total of 14 men and Hanan Ashrawi, who wouldn’t dream of rebelling against Abbas’ dictatorship. If anyone tries to make any demands, they will knock on his door in the wee hours of the night or kick him out. Ask Mohammad Dahlan, Salam Fayyad, Yasser Abed Rabbo and others, who were flown thousands of kilometers away at Abbas’ order.
Oh, we almost forgot. After the “money lenders” speech, which angered almost the entire world, we did find a young Palestinian woman in a highly regarded institution in Ramallah after all. Seventeen-year-old Ahed Tamimi, the one who slapped IDF soldiers, was selected as an honorary member of the Palestinian National Council. Another idea from Abbas’ creative mind, aimed at teasing the Israelis.
Two years ago, in this column, I called on Abbas to resign. Your time is up, I said to him, you’re no one’s partner. I received hundreds of responses, and the Arab media translated and quoted the article without a single word of reservation. More and more people understand that the other side wants him to go too...