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In joining the coalition, Mansour Abbas fragments the Palestinian political struggle

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17.06.2021

When Palestinians face the prospect of the colonisation of the last remaining shards of their land by Israel, the answer is surely not collaboration with the right-wing apartheid state. And yet this is what Mansour Abbas has done by joining Israel's new coalition government.

A recent lengthy interview with Abbas published in Time magazine is replete with contradictions and complicity. On the surface, he summarises his decision to enter into a coalition with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett as a process purportedly bringing "calm to the region, a feeling of hope that it's possible to live together." He does, though, consider the possibility that he might be wrong.

It is difficult to fathom how a phrase such as "political partnership and tolerant political dialogue" can feature in Abbas's more lengthy discussions regarding his decision. There is nothing remotely tolerant about a settler-colonial ideology and state which seek to destroy historic Palestine and its........

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