Arab Expert: Abbas Fears Assassination
The Director of the Center of Palestine Studies in the UAE, Aldrawi Ibrahim Masri, believes Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas agreed to participate in the Quartet-sponsored negotiations in Jordan because he thinks that he will be killed otherwise.
According to the Palestine Today news agency, Masri said that Abbas "feared the fate of Yasser Arafat," his predecessor. Masri believes Arafat did not die of an illness but was assassinated.
Masri said the reconciliation meeting a month ago between Abbas and Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Mashaal was fruitful, but the more recent meeting in Amman between PA and Israeli negotiators shows that there is pressure to end the PA reconciliation move.