Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is once again shooting in all directions. Earlier this year, he described Israel as a “colonial project” unrelated to Judaism. Now he has determined that the Palestinians have other enemies to deal with: everyone else, almost.
In his speech before Palestinian leaders in Ramallah on Monday night, Abbas set himself — and his people — on a collision course with both the US and Hamas.
Some say this could be connected to unconfirmed reports about his deteriorating health. Others argue that Abbas’s fury and frustration are the direct result of the US administration’s “hostile” policies towards the Palestinians.
But Abbas feels that the Palestinians’ relations with the US have stooped so low that it’s impossible to undo the damage. He feels the Palestinians no longer have anything to lose by engaging in a direct confrontation with a US administration which, Abbas believes, has practically endorsed all the positions of the Israeli government.