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Saving two-state diplomacy and the PA's authoritarianism

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Yesterday's meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz has irked both Israeli and Palestinian officials. The Israelis have suggested that Gantz might be trying to bring down the government, while Palestinian factions denounced the meeting because Gantz tweeted later that he told: "Chairman Abbas that Israel seeks to take measures that will strengthen the PA's economy."

Clearly, the PA's woes prompted this meeting during which, according to the occupation state's Defence Ministry, Gantz and Abbas met "to discuss security, civilian and economic issues." The PA's unravelling after the extrajudicial killing of Nizar Banat has altered the perception of Palestinian politics and its corrupt and seemingly invincible status resulting from international diplomacy. The people of occupied Palestine have proved that they are capable of change, so the interlocutors across the political spectrum are teaming up to ensure that........

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