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The PA is authoritarian yet lacks authority

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04.12.2018

It is easy to lose count of the number of futile challenges made by the Palestinian Authority to Israel since the collapse of the last negotiations led by Former US Secretary of State John Kerry between 2013 and 2014. The repeated challenge given prominence by the Times of Israel was recently made by Saeb Erekat.

“I challenge Mr Netanyahu [to meet Abbas], officially. He can choose any country, any country on earth.” Meanwhile, an unnamed Israeli official stated that Netanyahu would meet Abbas anywhere “without preconditions”. This is just an extension of a decades-long farce. PA leader Mahmoud Abbas is not in a position to dictate conditions, having squandered the remnants of Palestinian independence and is now scrambling to save face, needless to say, unsuccessfully. Israel, on the other hand, has no incentive to meet Abbas anywhere as his government’s incentives come from........

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