Monday, February 1, 2016

The Coming Palestine Civil War

Oh, Nahbah! Is there anything you can't do?

American and Israeli officials shrugged off Abbas’s warnings last fall that he’d dissolve the Palestinian Authority, of which he’s president. The rais (boss) had so often made similar threats in the past that no one took him seriously.

Now, cats in the hood are getting ready for the Palestine Civil War

No one, that is, except some in Ramallah who started thinking that maybe, well into Abbas’ tenth year of a four-year term, the 80-year-old chain-smoker is finally thinking of mortality, retirement — or just a bit of rest.

Mohammed Dahlan, a Dubai-based former Gaza strongman who pulls West Bank strings from afar, raised his Abbas criticism a notch. Even top loyalists like long-time negotiator Saeb Erekat and intelligence chief Majid Faraj sounded like they were contemplating a leadership fight.

When Palestinian security forces arrested a top manager in Erekat’s office earlier this month, accusing him of spying for Israel, West Bankers speculated that it was orchestrated by Erekat’s rivals seeking to make him look bad.

But as whispers of a succession battle intensified, Abbas realized he risked losing his grip. In the last couple of weeks he gathered loyalists to assure them he’s going nowhere. He then started a campaign to rein in the terrorist wave he had unleashed in September but of which he’s clearly lost control.

Faraj, the intel chief, gave a rare interview to the New York-based Defense News this week, boasting he’d prevented 200 terrorist attacks and arrested 100 Palestinians. It signaled to outsiders that the PA is fighting terror, but at home the message was, hey, watch out. (Faraj didn’t say how many of the men he’d arrested were mere critics or political rivals.)

At the same time, officials in Ramallah leaked to reporters that they’re about to launch a UN campaign to fight Israel diplomatically.

These are staples of Abbas’ longtime tactics, which suggests he’s got full control of the reins again.

But, like it or not, he won’t live or rule forever.

Abbas has long avoided anointing a successor or naming a deputy. So who decides who’s next?

According to Palestinian law, the speaker of parliament would take over pending new elections. But the parliament hasn’t convened in years. And the current speaker is a member of Hamas, Abbas’ Islamist rivals.

In other words, no one in the West Bank knows how the next leader will emerge — and Israeli intelligence officials, whose entire job is to predict such things, have no idea either

When the time comes, the Fatah men who in the last few weeks started jockeying for position will duke it out for real. Such chaotic political fighting often leads to violence.

Once that violence ebbs, a new strongman will emerge.

But not a peaceful, democratic state of Palestine.


Ernesto Ribeiro said...

“Anti-Trump Saudi Prince Tied to Both Rupert Murdoch And Hillary Aide (Huma Abedin)” is the headline this morning on Breitbart. “Fox mogul Rupert Murdoch is partnered in multiple media ventures with Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaweed Bin Talal, including an Arabic religious TV network with a direct tie to Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin.”

No wonder!!! Rupert Murdoch owns the biggest TV station in Turkey, something I’ve known since he bought it, but this, that he has partner, an Anti-American Saudi prince oil billionaire? That’s news. This Prince Alaweed owns the Al-Resalah TV network, and one of the members of his Supreme Advisory board for his company is Dr. Abdullah Naseef, President of World Muslim Congress and President of Forum For Social Studies. Dr. Naseef is the longtime benefactor of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s family business, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. This links Huma Abedin directly to some of the most fervent Anti-West, Anti-American people in Saudi Arabia.

Huma Abedin isn’t just a Muslime, she’s directly involved in the effort to destroy us, she’s Hillary Clinton’s closest friend and she’s deeply involved in the running of our government. Her only expertise is in Muslime affairs. That’s it, promoting Muslime goals, promoting Islam. No other training. And she’s Hillary Clinton’s top advisor?

Hillary Clinton, who was our Secretary of State, who stood by the side of our President and did his bidding?

“We have a strategic alliance with Rupert Murdoch for sure and I have been with him for the last 15 or 20 years,” Alwaleed said. “My backing of Rupert Murdoch is definitely unwavering.”

“The connection between Alwaleed, Murdoch, Abedin, Hillary Clinton and Saudi Arabia are troubling given a number of recent events. Prince Alwaleed is boasting about his role in impacting U.S. elections.”

“CNN reported in 2008 that “donations to the William J. Clinton Foundation include amounts of $10 million to $25 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” “Huma Abedin was hired as a consultant to the William J. Clinton Foundation after Clinton left her role as Secretary of State.”

So this promoter of Islam and hater of democracy is still being paid by the Clintons with money from Prince Alaweed.

“Abedin is also at the center of Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal.”