During his speech before the UN General Assembly today, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared he is no longer bound by the Oslo Accords because of alleged violations by Israel. The Oslo Accords were signed on the White House lawn 22 years ago this month with President Clinton, the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.
Such talk is precious coming from Abbas, a man who is entering the second decade of a four year term as Palestinian Authority President. Let us remember that the Palestinian Authority has never meaningfully amended the PLO Charter, has never disbanded the militias like the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and never stopped inciting violence against Israel on its streets, schools, soccer fields and on its state TV. The Palestinian Authority has also violated Oslo by gaining observer status at the UN and full state membership in the International Criminal Court as a means around direct negotiations with Israel to gain de facto recognition as a nation state.
Long story short, all Abbas is doing is confirming what we have known for years. The only question here is how the Obama Administration will respond to Abbas’ declaration. Let us not forget that when Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected six short months ago, President Obama phoned to tell him that his administration would be reassessing its options regarding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in light of Netanyahu’s statements that there would be no Palestinian state under his watch. Remember this is the same Obama Administration which says chants of “Death to America! Death to Israel!” by the Ayatollah Khamenei is meant for “a domestic political audience.” So in the eyes of the Obama Administration, chanting “Death to America! Death to Israel!” is legitimate while saying there will be no Palestinian state under my watch is not.
Given these circumstances and given the eagerness with which it “negotiated” a nuclear deal with Iran, it is unreasonable to consider the possibility that the Obama Administration might back Abbas’ declaration? In which case, the Obama Administration’s reassessment of its relations with Israel will be complete.
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