Abbas reportedly threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority

Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: World Economic Forum.

( Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly threatened to dismantle the PA, a move that would potentially dissolve the 1993 Oslo Accords and leave Israel—according to international law—vulnerable to legal action over its construction activities in Judea and Samaria.

In an interview with Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, Abbas said, “A new generation arrives and asks us: ‘What have you done?’ I am now 79 years old, I cannot escape from passing off the [PA] flag to someone else.”

Abbas blamed Israeli construction for the stalemate in the current peace talks, saying, “The new generation sees the two-state solution is becoming less and less likely, and that there is no escape from the one-state solution.”

Palestinian sources were quoted by media outlets over the weekend as saying the PA was “seriously considering” declaring itself a “government under occupation,” according to Israel Hayom.

Habayit Hayehudi party Chairman Naftali Bennett said Sunday, “Abu Mazen, as chairman of the PA, is encouraging terror and then he threatens to resign. To this we say, with these kinds of threats—save us from your well-wishing. If he wants to go, we won't stop him. Israel will not negotiate with a gun to its head.”

Posted on April 20, 2014 .