Palestinian Authority could collapse if Abbas resigns?
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