from al Jazeera
Since the Trump administration took over in January 2017, pressure
has mounted on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resign. By now
Washington clearly no longer wishes to deal with the Palestinian
Authority (PA) under his leadership.
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner recently called Abbas's
decision to boycott the Bahrain workshop, where the economic side of
Washington's peace plan was presented, "hysterical and erratic".
Meanwhile, various Israeli officials have also suggested that they
are hoping for Abbas to leave office. Some, like former Foreign Minister
Dore Gold, have gone as far as to claim that within the next six months, Palestinians themselves will demand a change of leadership.
The current Israeli government has been actively trying to
destabilise the PA by pursuing various hostile measures, including
blocking its access to $140m worth of tax revenue meant to help pay for
salaries each month. This, along with cuts in US aid, have put Ramallah
under increasing financial strain...
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