Abu Mazen's New Advisor: Yossi Beilin

Fatah chief and PLO front-runner Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has a new political advisor: Meretz/Yahad chairman Yossi Beilin, according to a report by Arutz-7 investigative journalist Yehoshua Meiri.

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Meiri claims that in order to force the Israeli government into carrying out his “Geneva initiative,” Yossi Beilin has repeatedly met with Abu Mazen in order to advise him on how to respond to Prime Minister Sharon’s political maneuvering. Beilin has been the driving force behind Abu Mazen’s continued opposition to the disengagement plan, according to Meiri’s report.

According to Meiri, the political department of the Mossad informed PM Sharon in recent days about the lengthy coordinated-dialogue between Beilin and Abu Mazen. During those meetings, Beilin advised Abu Mazen on how to behave and react to statements made by PM Sharon.

Beilin and Abu Mazen seek to orchestrate a scenario, according to the report, wherein Israel – faced with terrorism on one side and international pressure for a comprehensive solution on the other – is given no choice but to withdraw entirely from Judea, Samaria and Gaza. This is the reason for Abu Mazen’s staunch opposition to the disengagement plan being unilaterally implemented by Israel.

Beilin and Abu Mazen hope to make the Geneva accord into an alternative to phased withdrawal plans. They have secured the backing of the European Union which has agreed to put pressure on Israel in the United Nations Security Council.

A Beilin spokesperson dismissed the report, saying it “does not merit a response.”

Meiri plans on expounding on the report further on his Hebrew-language Arutz-7 broadcast, scheduled for 11 PM (Israel Time) Tuesday night.