Abbas disingenuously claimed "Soon we will regain our unity." Palestinians waited over five and a half years. They're still waiting.
Abbas is a longtime Israeli collaborator. He sold out long ago. He profited immensely in the process. He accumulated enormous wealth. It's stashed offshore out of sight in tax havens.
Palestinians smart enough to know better say his credibility to lead them is sorely lacking. He's Israel's enforcer. He violates the interests of his own people.
He's done it for years. He shows no signs of changing. He's Quisling's modern-day incarnation. He's nearing retirement. He's not about to mess up now.
Collaborating with Israel assured his future. He'll enjoy it in luxury when he steps down. Until then, he'll do nothing to rock his secure boat.
A Final Comment
The New York Times notoriously expresses one-sided support for Israel. Jewish rights alone matter. Occupation harshness goes unaddressed. So do inviolable rule of law principles.
On January 4, it published an AP report . It covered Fatah's 48th anniversary commemoration. It denigrated Hamas in the process.
It's "regarded by the US and Israel as a terrorist organization," it claimed. It's no such thing. It's Palestine's democratically elected government.
The report suggested that Jerusalem is an Israeli city. In 1947, the UN declared it an international one. It was designated a "corpus separatum." It remains so under a UN Trusteeship Council.
In 1967, Israel annexed East Jerusalem. It did so lawlessly. Judaization was planned. The city's cultural and spiritual character changed.
Palestinian land was stolen. Settlements were established and expanded. Palestinians were dispossessed and denied. Military occupation controls them.
Transformation continues relentless to this day. Israel wants the entire city Judaized. A greater Jerusalem is planned. Municipal boundaries are extended to achieve it. So does a matrix of control. World leaders do nothing to stop it.
Fundamental international law is ignored. On March 1, 1980, UN Security Council Resolution 465 declared that:
"all measures taken by Israel to change the physical character, demographic composition, institutional structure or status of the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem, or any part thereof, have no legal validity and that Israel's policy and practices of settling parts of its population and new immigrants in those territories constitute a flagrant (Fourth Geneva) violation....and also constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East."
On July 9, 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that "Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development (and) have been established in breach of international law."