Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is once again threatening to resign – this time if the direct peace talks fail, a senior PA official said over the weekend.Of course they haven't started looking for a replacement for Abbas. After all, Abbas has threatened to resign before--many, many, many times before:
Despite Abbas’s latest threats, the PLO and Fatah have yet to start searching for a replacement, the official said.
March 18, 2008But this time is different--Abbas is no longer president of the Palestinian Authority.
Exclusive: Abbas threatens to quit peace talks, revive Fatah terror
(OK, Abbas is not threatening to resign--but we're just getting warmed up...)
Jan 17, 2008
Abbas threatens to quit if 'escalation' continues
June 12, 2007
Fatah movement threatens to quit Hamas-led unity gov't
February 26, 2006
Abbas threatens to quit over Hamas
(Feb 28, 2006 Abbas: I did not threaten to quit)
30 January 2006
Abbas to resign if Hamas fails to work with foreign powers
January 25, 2006
Palestinians Vote in First Legislative Elections in a Decade
Abbas is "a touchy man of dark moods, who often threatens to quit, as he quit as prime minister after four months in 2003 when Mr. Arafat did not allow him enough power."
Jan 17, 2006
PA head Abbas threatens to quit
December 16, 2005
Palestinian Chief Threatens to Quit Over Rival Fatah Slate
March 30, 2005
Palestinian Abbas threatens to quit unless Fatah groups cooperate.
Wed 09 Sep 2003
Abbas threatens to quit unless he gets more authority
Thursday, September 4, 2003
Abbas threatens to quit over leadership
Aug. 21, 2003
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas threatens to resign unless Yasser Arafat approves a crackdown on Hamas
July 9, 2003
U.S. Supports Abbas After Palestinian Leader Threatens to Quit
April 08, 2003
Moderate Palestinian PM threatens to quit as Arafat hinders change.
Back in January 2009, Abbas's 4 year term ended. At the time, he argued that he should retain control for an extra year based on a technicality--the presidential and parliamentary elections are supposed to take place at the same time. Naturally, Hamas did not agree.
When I blogged about this in May 2009, I quoted sources that indicated Hamas might actually be right:
So now we are well past the date for the elections even according to Abbas's revised schedule. His term as president is over--really, really over.
You would have thought that Abbas wouldn't want to draw attention to the fact that his term ended nearly 2 years ago, but in the Arab world--elections are a game.
And the rest of the world keeps playing along.
Hat tip: Arlene Kushner
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