ANALYSIS: As PA escalates conflict with U.S. France steps in

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ANALYSIS: As PA escalates conflict with U.S. France steps in

Postby Ready1 on Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:18 pm

Abbas even went to France to convince Macron to take over the US role.

Yochanan Visser is an independent journalist/analyst who worked for many years as Middle East correspondent for Western in Arizona and was a frequent publicist for the main Dutch paper De Volkskrant. He authored a book in the Dutch language about the cognitive war against Israel and now lives in Gush Etzion. He writes a twice weekly analysis of current issues for Arutz Sheva

More and more details emerge about what caused Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to finally drop his self-styled mask as a ‘moderate’ and ‘peace-seeking’ leader and to declare the Oslo accords dead, label Israel a classic European colonial project and curse president Trump repeatedly during a two-hour anti-Semitic rant before the central committee of the PLO in Ramallah on January 14.

At the same time, Abbas is trying to convince French president Emmanuel Macron to take-over the role of an honest broker from the U.S. in the moribund peace process.

The story started on December 3, 2017 when the New York Times (NYT) reported Abbas had traveled to meet Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to discuss details of Trump’s new peace initiative for the 100-year-old conflict between Jews and Arabs in the land of Israel.

MBS told the Palestinian leader he would get a non-contiguous state with only limited sovereignty and without Jerusalem as its capital. The Palestinian leadership furthermore was expected to relinquish the so-called right of return, according to the NYT.

The conversation with the Saudi crown prince left Abbas flabbergasted and extremely upset according to PA officials.

Once back in Ramallah the Palestinian leader, who is now in 14th year of a four-year term as ‘president’ of the PA, started to make phone calls to friendly leaders in the Arab world and Europe and finally found a valued listener in French president Emmanuel Macron.

After Trump’s December 6th declaration about Israel’s sovereignty over all of Jerusalem Abbas apparently slowly began to understand that the rules of the game in the 100-year-old conflict are changing dramatically and he would not enjoy a free pass any longer.

As a result, Abbas’ Fatah began a new incitement campaign this time directed at both Israel and the U.S. with senior Fatah official Samer Abu Khalil charging that Trump had just given Israel “a license to kill Palestinians.”

Just observing.

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