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Abbas the politician spoils 
it for Abbas the statesman

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Article/book #: 348231
Title: Abbas the politician spoils 
it for Abbas the statesman
By: Amira Hass  
Published in: Ha’aretz, volume TESTING
Date of issue: Saturday, 3 December 2016
Topic(s) addressed: People/entities mentioned in this item: Timeline event(s) mentioned in this item:
   29 Nov 2016:Abu Moron reappointed as Fatah Chairman at 7th Party Congress

Commentary

Abstract:

»The Mahmoud Abbas that Fatah delegates discussed among themselves (or when talking to journalists) at the seventh Fatah conference this week is a wily and clever politician. He managed to oust opponents from his party while pushing others to the margins, as well as allowing resolutions made by his own Central Committee to fizzle out – such as the cessation of security cooperation with Israel.

Abbas, who delivered a two-and-a-half hour speech before 1,400 delegates on Wednesday, emerged as a skillful statesman, self-confident and crystal clear, telling his people two things: Forget about armed struggle as a way of achieving your goals; and focus on realistic, attainable goals.

He didn’t put quite like that or say it so directly, since these two statements are outside the realm of political correctness permitted by the national ethos of struggle. But these positions could be discerned through what he did and didn’t say.«

»It has recently emerged that, on the day a senior judge in the West Bank was appointed to his lofty position, he had to sign a letter of resignation addressed to Abbas. This might be the case with other judges. Thus, the president could accept his resignation at any time of his choosing, which is what later transpired. This way, the head of the executive branch ensures the obedience of members of the judiciary.

The constitutional court also ruled that the president has the authority to remove the immunity of members of the Legislative Council. This could have a chilling effect on new members, who may well avoid angering the person who controls their fate.«

»In Yasser Arafat’s day, discussions and debates were held between people holding different positions. It was part of the system and the process of persuasion in order to achieve a consensus. Fatah members say this is absent now. They, for example, don’t understand the source of the major battle that’s erupted between Abbas and Dahlan, which is damaging the movement. Dahlan said recently that the dispute was political, but Fatah members who spoke with Haaretz were skeptical about that. They said they don’t understand the reason for the dispute, which must be personal – possibly involving personal interests, mutual recriminations and accusations of corruption, noting that “Abbas did with Dahlan what Netanyahu did with Iran – fabricating a major danger for personal and political gain.”«

»Many Fatah members complain that they are losing public support and that Israel’s policies create irreversible situations that will lead to a big blowup, without a leadership and Fatah being able to take them in desirable directions. Abbas isn’t really familiar with the reality of the occupation, only through press reports and his advisers, they say. He doesn’t realize how desperate the situation is, requiring radical change.

In the absence of broad public support, Abbas enlisted the aid of foreign delegations. With guests from 28 countries, including UN representatives, he was given legitimization when they all promised continued support for unarmed struggle in the pursuit of establishing a state alongside Israel.

Despite being fully aware of the undemocratic nature of his rule, these states continue to support him due to his clear positions, which maintain quiet in face of the occupation. However, a veteran Palestine Liberation Organization activist who is not a Fatah member says Abbas’ nondemocratic methods give his principled position as a statesman a bad name. The Palestinian public identifies his opposition to armed struggle and support for the two-state solution with corruption, nepotism and tyranny.«











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