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Why Salam Fayyad Stood No Chance against Fatah

Fayyad has no grassroots support or political power bases among Palestinians.

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (R) and President Mahmoud Abbas

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (R) and President Mahmoud Abbas
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The Palestinians’ only heroes are those who fight against Israel or are sitting in Israeli prison.

Just last week, a public opinion poll showed that Marwan Barghouti, the Fatah leader who is serving five life terms in prison for his role in murdering Israelis, would be elected as president if he ran in the next elections.

The poll showed that Barghouti was even more popular than the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, who was never convicted by an Israeli court of murdering Jews .

If Fayyad wants to embark on a political career in the future, he will have to join Fatah’s armed wing, Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, and start participating in terror attacks against Israelis. He will need to do something against Israel to show Palestinians that he has “credentials.”

This articles was originally published at the Gatestone Institute. It has been updated to reflect recent events.

About the Author: Khaled Abu Toameh, an Arab Muslim, is a veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades.


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