Threaten to survive: Beyond Abbas’s hollow UN ultimatums

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One year to end the occupation of Palestinian territories. This was the ultimatum given by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas during his speech at the UNGA last Friday, supposedly meant as a turning point in Palestinian diplomacy. However, It is not the first time that Mahmoud Abbas has made such a turn. In December 2010, Abbas threatened to dissolve the Palestinian authority. In April 2014 he threatened to dissolve it once more. Then in May 2020 he announced the end of security coordination with Israel, only to resume it later the same year. “The repetitive aspect of these big political anno…

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