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24 May 2017 10:10 (South Africa)

Palestinian Authority could collapse if Abbas resigns?

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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There are growing fears the Palestinian Authority may collapse if its president, Mahmoud Abbas, carries through on his plan to resign and not participate in the planned January election. While many Middle East observers first thought Abbas’ threat was a bluff, increasingly it is being seen as his actual plan. Long-time Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat believes Abbas has seen so little progress that he believes there is no need for a president or a Palestinian Authority. Erekat added, “You think anybody will stay after he leaves?” The results of a collapse of the Palestinian Authority are far from clear, either in terms of governance of the West Bank and Gaza or as for future negotiations. Sources say Abbas was deeply shocked when the US stepped back from its position that Israel freeze settlement building. Read more: New York Times

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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