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Ending Abbas's winning streak
Jewish World Review ^ | 6/9/2014 | Caroline B. Glick

Posted on 06/09/2014 8:51:04 AM PDT by Former Fetus

Mahmoud Abbas must be great at cards.

The PLO chief has no real assets to speak of.

He's physically unattractive. He has zero charisma. He's old.

And no matter how hard he tries, Abbas can't do much of anything to dampen public support for Hamas or raise public support for himself. By many accounts, if elections are ever held, Hamas would win them in a walk.

As for money, beyond the PLO's slush fund, all Abbas has is what outsiders give him. He is completely dependent on the Americans, the Israelis, the Europeans and the Gulf states. Without them, he would have nothing to buy people's loyalty with.

If the money ever stops coming in, he'll go broke and lose power immediately.

Militarily, if Israel ever stops lending military support to Abbas's forces, it will be a matter of weeks, or perhaps days, before Abbas will be forced to surrender to Hamas.

And yet today Abbas is sitting pretty on the top of the volcano that is Arab politics, dictating terms for people with real power while playing mind-boggling radical politics.

And he's winning big.

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TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abbas; glick; israel; lurch; netanyahu; obama; palestinianunitygovt; plo; unitygovernment
They [Netanyahu and his allies] are paralyzed by their fear of President Barack Obama.


Congress understands that voting to cut off aid to the PA places its members on a collision course with the administration.

So many Lindsey Grahams out there!

And once that happens, a virtuous circle is formed, where at a minimum, Abbas's winning streak will end.


1 posted on 06/09/2014 8:51:04 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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Time for Abbas to retire to France.

2 posted on 06/09/2014 6:25:13 PM PDT by SJackson (wish I had known more firsthand about...problems of American businesspeople as a Senator G McGovern)
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Hamas Reveals: Abbas Told Us He is ‘Tricking the Americans’

3 posted on 06/10/2014 4:44:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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