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As Abbas seeks a safe exit, who's waiting in the wings?

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21.01.2021

In January last year, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to issue a decree to hold legislative and presidential elections. He argued that he would not do so until he could guarantee Israel's approval for Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem to participate. Has that guarantee now been given, allowing him to issue such a decree last week?

Israel has not changed its position on Jerusalem, nor will it ever do so. What has changed is a set of political and factional conditions in the Palestinian and Arab arena, which have affected the decision, and Abbas himself. He signed the presidential decree with his right hand, while waving to the EU and the Biden administration in Washington with his left. It was his response to their demands for the renewal of political legitimacy in Ramallah as a condition for continued financial support and the resumption of the PA's relations with the Americans.

Why will legitimacies be renewed at this stage? And which legitimacies will they be?

Renewing the legitimacy of the Palestinian Legislative Council is an important step to highlight a new form of........

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