Yedioth: The waning power of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is cause for concern

Al-Quds Al-Arabi: An Israeli newspaper reports that the security controls of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his government have weakened in the occupied West Bank, coinciding with the state of internal anger over the new appointments to senior posts in the Palestine Liberation Organization, which is seen as an attempt by Abbas to assure His successor that he himself has chosen.

According to what was published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, what was reported provided a description of the internal situation of the authorities, but in the West Bank scene, one of the reasons for the weakness of the authorities is the demolition of the house near the city of Jenin in the West Bank of the citizen Muhammad Jaradat, who accuses Israel along with others The murder of a settler who lived in the illegal Homesh outpost in the West Bank last December.

In the same context, dozens of Palestinian residents are at risk of being evicted from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied Jerusalem; The newspaper indicates that Abbas left them on their own to face their fate, while the Israeli forces – last week – killed three Palestinians in broad daylight in the middle of the city of Nablus, which is under the full control of the Palestinian Authority is, without any reaction on his part during that time.

In the context of his report, which highlighted the declining role of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, “Yediot” pointed to the protests of thousands of dissatisfied Palestinians in Hebron and elsewhere in the West Bank against the security chaos, the high prices of electricity, gas and innumerable foods, which demanded answers and action Practical measures to solve their successive life crises.

It all comes amid fears after the Palestinian Central Council meeting with the Palestinian Liberation Organization last week, which Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas used to consolidate his authority and secure his successor, according to Yedioth.

The paper took note of the criticism leveled by the main Palestinian factions over Abbas’ new appointments to senior positions in the Palestinian Liberation Organization during the Central Council meeting, describing it as “illegal, increasing divisions and the continuation of exclusivity.”

“Abbas’ critics have accused him of taking over,” she said. Where Palestinian domestic politics seems more divided than ever. “

Yedioth: Abbas’s critics have accused him of taking over; Where Palestinian domestic politics seem more divided than ever

The last time a Palestinian presidential election was held was in 2005, while a vote for the Palestinian Legislative Council was held 16 years ago, and a year later a rift between Gaza and the West Bank took place, which caused a major rift between the two largest Palestinian factions, and the creation of two separate political entities Abbas, however, dissolved the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2018.

In an effort to calm the anger in the Palestinian street, the final statement of the Palestinian Central Council meeting announced the freezing of security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, as the Palestinian Liberation Organization issued this statement four years ago and never implemented it do not have. , and this time it has failed to mobilize much support for its policies, while many Palestinians doubt the motives behind it.

The newspaper quoted Jabad Mansour, a lawyer for Nablus, as saying, “People are used to the fiery statements of Palestinian officials.”

He continued, “They take us for granted, they really think we are stupid, when they are in trouble, they attack Israel and threaten to stop security coordination with the occupation,” adding: “They never follow any of their decisions. “

In response, the newspaper said that the Palestinian Authority is facing a bigger problem, which is the growing perception among many that its control over the land is shaky.

The newspaper quotes a social activist who has been arrested several times by the security forces of the Palestinian Authority: “They did not manage to maintain the people’s trust, they had enough time to implement their agenda, and they fail … They are only interested in securing them. own positions. ”

The divisions between Palestinian factions are not limited to Fatah and Hamas; Indeed, in the Fatah movement itself, many of its senior officials have been either marginalized by the 86-year-old president or expelled from the group, according to the newspaper.

In turn, a Ramallah-based political analyst, Faris Sarafandi, confirmed to “Yediot” that the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority have been weakened by Abbas’ policies; Where “the Palestinian Authority withdrew in the vernacular due to mismanagement practices and the state of corruption, stagnation and deviance that affected it,” adding that the Palestinian street “lost confidence” in the Palestinian Authority, which led to many have to look for an “alternative”.

Contrary to the ideology and ideology of the government, after the assassination of three members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of Fatah, many members of the movement, including Abbas, praised the three elements as she put it .

But Sarafandi said: “I think the escalation of the rhetoric of the Fatah movement is nothing more than an attempt to cover up the weakness of the PA’s rhetoric; “To this day, Fatah is the Palestinian Authority, and there is no real connection between the two entities.”

He says: The year 2022 will witness an escalation of “violence” in the Palestinian territories, due to the financial problems of the Palestinian Authority and the constant tension with settlers in the West Bank.

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