Abbas threatens to dismantle the PA

(A-Sharq al-Awsat) Abu-Mazen threatenes to resign and to dismantle the PA. A collapse of the PA may reinforce the one-state threat.

London-based Arab newspaper A-Sharq al-Awsat reported that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas expressed the idea of dismantling the PA during a phone conversation with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

When asked to use his powers to obtain the release of kidnapped soldier Gilead Shalit, Abu Mazen manifested his current lack of authority and funds, as a result of Israel's current policies.

He also added: "(…) people say the PA is worth nothing and as far as they are concerned, they'd rather it did not exist and Israel would once again be an occupying state and that I would leave."

In this context, the newspaper reports, King Abdullah II decided to invite Abbas to Jordan to discuss the ongoing crisis.

The Reut Institute contends that Abbas's current position could impact Israel's policies toward the Palestinian territories, as the dismantling of the PA would compromise both Israel's attempt to end its responsibility in the territories and to pursue the Convergence Plan. (See: Is the PA About to be Dismantled)

Abbas's threat does not necessarily reflect an imminent or inevitable outcome, and could be understood as an attempt to convey a message to both Israel and the international community.

Nevertheless, over the past months voices are emerging from various Palestinian factions, calling for the dismantling of the PA. the Reut Institute contends that a collapse of the PA would old long-term ramifications for Israel:

  • Israel may be held fully responsible for the residents of Gaza and the West Bank;
  • Israel would find it very hard to pursue its efforts of separation from the Palestinians.
  • The principle of a two-state solution may be undermind, as the PA is to serve as the foundation of the future Palestinian State.