Now Abbas is at it again, threatening not only to resign but also to dissolve the Palestinian Authority:March 18, 2008(OK, Abbas is not threatening to resign--but we're just getting warmed up...)
Jan 17, 2008
June 12, 2007
February 26, 2006(Feb 28, 2006 Abbas: I did not threaten to quit)
30 January 2006
January 25, 2006Abbas 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
December 16, 2005
March 30, 2005
Wed 09 Sep 2003
Thursday, September 4, 2003
Aug. 21, 2003Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas threatens to resign unless Yasser Arafat approves a crackdown on Hamas
July 9, 2003
April 08, 2003
Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, has said that if no peace deal can be agreed with Israel and the international community does not approve a Palestinian state, he may dissolve his governing body.When Abbas threatened this past September to resign if the peace talks failed, I pointed out that Abbas's term as president already ended 2 years ago anyway. In fact, both The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and International Foundation for Electoral Systems agree Abbas's term ended in January 2009.
Abbas said in a television interview on Friday that if Israel continued to build settlements on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank, leading to the beakdown of peace talks, the Palestinian Authority (PA), that provides limited autonomy for the territory, would be disbanded.
"I cannot accept to remain the president of an authority that doesn't exist," he said.
Pressed on whether he was referring to the possibility of dissolving the PA, he said: "I am telling them so. I say to them welcome ... you are occupiers.
"You are here, stay here, I cannot accept the situation will remain as is."
If anything, Abbas's threats just serve to highlight how absurd the situation actually is.
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