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Who is the liar, Israel or Abbas?

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After 15 years of internal division, political deadlock, international disregard of the Palestinians and continuous Israel violations, Palestinians experienced a moment of hope as they dreamt of their miseries coming to an end when President Mahmoud Abbas declared his long-awaited decree setting dates for holding general Palestinian elections.

However, during the last ten days of April, Palestinians lived through moments of uncertainty when the leaks about cancelling the Palestinian elections became known. Most Palestinians did not believe, or at least persuaded themselves not to believe, these leaks after seeing Abbas and his aides reiterating their commitment to holding the elections in all Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.

On 30 April, Palestinians were surprised with Abbas's decision to postpone the elections, allegedly due to Israel's rejection to holding them in occupied Jerusalem. Almost all Palestinians, political analysts and monitors did not believe Abbas, suggesting that he used Jerusalem as a pretext to cancel the elections after predicting that he and his movement Fatah would lose.

The first to disbelieve Abbas were the residents of Jerusalem, who took to the streets and chanted against him, accusing him of collaborating with the Israeli occupation, against them and........

© Middle East Monitor

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