Foreign Ministry: No Deal Possible Till Abbas Goes
The Foreign Ministry Wednesday issued a situation assessment to Israeli embassies worldwide that lambasts Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) and says that an agreement between Israel and the PA "will not be possible as long as Abu Mazen leads the PA."
The document comes on the heels of remarks by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman who labeled Abbas “the biggest obstacle to an agreement between the Palestinian Authority and us.”
"He therefore is focusing his energies on attempts to prove that he is the Palestinian leader who led to the creation of a state and achieved inner unity between Fatah and Hamas. This can explain his intransigent positions regarding Jerusalem, the refugees and the settlements, [which are] more extreme than those held by Yasser Arafat."
Abbas "prefers to sacrifice Palestinian interests to his historical legacy and personal future," the Ministry states, and any attempt to continue negotiations with him is "destined to fail."