By Micah Halpern
Sunday August 2, 2020
I've Been Thinking:
The Palestinian Authority looks to be teetering. Actually, even on the verge of imploding.
The chaos that will emerge if or when this happens is not good news for anyone in the region Ė not just for Palestinians and for Israel.
If the PA falls the only power poised to fill the void is Hamas.
That is a 100% inevitability. And if Hamas takes charge in the West Bank, they will turn the area into an even bigger and failed mess than Gaza. they will make it into an even bigger failure than Gaza. If you think the West Bank is dysfunctional now, imagine if Hamas was in charge.
There are several indicators of the instability in the PA. It is apparent that PA President Abbas is no longer leading and directing. COVID plus economic difficulties plus Israelís annexation threats are huge obstacles that Abbas is not properly embracing.
Rather than inspiring the masses, Abbas has activated his traditional tropes whereby he automatically turns Israel into an enemy and the root of all problems.
This old strategy is no longer working.
In order for Abbas to build a stable society and transition and transfer power to a successor, whoever that may be, he needs to work together with Israel, especially in terms of security and safety.
Israel has a vested interest in keeping Abbas in power. Israel is working to maintain the PA presidentís safety and to protect him from Hamas. Abbas, however, is not working with Israel.
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