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PA Stability Doubtful as Prime Minister Resigns

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

PA President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Saturday, despite U.S. pleas for the latter to stay on, the official PA news agency Wafa reported.

“Fayyad met Abbas for half an hour in the president’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank and officially handed him his written resignation,” a Palestinian official told AFP.

Abbas requested that Fayyad stay on as PM until a replacement is found.

The two men have been at odds over Fatah criticism of Fayyad’s economic policies, but the State Dept. continued to push hard for the U.S.-educated PM, an economist, to stay on.

Late on Friday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Abbas to press him to find common ground with his prime minister, a Palestinian official told Ma’an.

Fayyad and Abbas have been fighting in recent weeks over the resignation of Finance Minister Nabil Qassis. Fayyad agreed to the resignation but Abbas did not.

Fayyad held the finance portfolio in addition to being the PM before Qassis’s appointment in May 2012.

A meeting planned for Thursday at which Fayyad reportedly intended to hand in his resignation was postponed after Washington insisted that to the best of its knowledge the prime minister was “sticking around,” according to Ma’an.

Last week, the Fatah Revolutionary Council for the first time openly criticized the Fayyad government’s economic policy.

The Palestinian Authority is in grave financial crisis, which Ma’an says it blames partly on foreign countries failing to send in promised funds, despite the fact that the U.S. Congress “quietly” unblocked $500 million in aid last month.

Fayyad is credited with building a Western style institutional framework for the Palestinian Authority in the areas of Judea and Samaria under its control.

Fayyad throws into question the PA’s agreement with Israel, announced by Kerry during his recent visit, to “promote economic development in the West Bank.” The timing of the resignation is a blow to American prestige as well as the prospects of the MEPP.

Two Cities Rife with Tension, as Protesters Clash with Police

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Jerusalem and Ramallah have erected massive security presence ahead of Obama’s visit. At any given time there will be 5,000 Israeli police and security officers on the streets of Jerusalem, where many areas will be cordoned off and watched over by police helicopters escorting the presidential convoy.

According to the Palestinian security forces, some 3,000 Arab policemen will be deployed in Area A, which is under complete PA control, where protests have been on the rise in recent weeks.

Palestinian Authority police on Tuesday encountered dozens of anti-Obama protesters, Reuters reported. A very large number of officers and plainclothes policemen blocked the angry crowd from arriving at the offices of PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, in a large scale shoving match that did not result in serious injuries.

Palestinians are not expecting much from Obama’s visit, especially after U.S. officials have labored in recent weeks to lower expectations about the revival of peace talks with Israel.

“It’s a slap in the face. People are angry and disappointed that this far into his presidency, Obama has done nothing, and aid to Israel’s occupation continues to flow,” demonstrator Huwaida Arraf told Reuters.

You see? Everybody in the Middle East resents Obama, not just right-wing Jews.

During his three-day visit, the U.S. president will hold separate meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and President Abbas in Ramallah.

On Friday, Obama will visit Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of a major Christian figure of Jewish birth. Then the presidential convoy will ride across the Jordan River into the State of Jordan.

On Monday, in what could be coined road rage in effigy, a dozen Bethlehemites drove their cars over a banner with Obama’s face and painted a swastika on his forehead.

Shoulda’ done that last November…

According to Reuters, Palestinian singer Alaa Shaham and fellow artists recorded a satirical video clip in which Obama is shown waiting at an Israeli checkpoint and driving through a refugee camp in his shiny BMW.

I’ve searched for that supposed video, which, according to Reuters, since being uploaded to YouTube on Monday night has been viewed more than 10,000 times—didn’t find it. Would be very grateful if a reader posted a link in the comments section.

“We’re trying to send him a message. We welcome him, it’s an important visit of course. But US policy has frustrated Palestinians – it disregards their cause,” Shaham told Reuters.

Well, if you continue to post video messages no one can find – expect to be disregarded…

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