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Why is Mahmoud Abbas losing control of his behaviour?

20 10 4
11.01.2019

by Ra’afat Marra

Anyone observing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will notice that he is experiencing difficult political conditions and a lot of tension. He is making very bad decisions and imposing punitive measures against all Palestinians. In short, we can see that he is losing control of his behaviour, with a tendency to express hatred and settle old scores. What control he retains is fuelled by his desire for revenge, for which he does not hesitate to harm any and all Palestinians and spread hatred in various directions, sparing neither individuals nor factions.

Abbas’s actions have even hurt his own faction, Fatah, which stands to lose the most from his reckless behaviour. This has been evident for almost a year since he imposed sanctions on the people in the Gaza Strip and separate measures against all Palestinians, the Palestine Liberation Organisation and its factions, as well as members of Fatah.

READ: Palestinian Legislative Council votes to end Abbas’ mandate

He insisted on ignoring the demands of the PLO factions, which refused to convene the national and central committees whilst still under occupation and without Palestinian reconciliation or genuine national understanding. The PA, PLO and Fatah President — Abbas holds all three positions — then suspended the salaries of Fatah employees, cut payments to prisoners and detainees held by Israel, suspended the transfers of patients for overseas treatment,........

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