Analysis: PA is using US veto to bolster its image

Pro-Abbas demonstrations organized to showcase PA president's stand against Obama, show that PA president has support of Arab street.

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February 22, 2011 18:51
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mahmoud abbas 311 187. (photo credit: AP)

 
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In an attempt to bolster its credibility among Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority has decided to take advantage of last Friday’s US veto of a UN Security Council resolution that would have condemned construction in the settlements, and depict President Mahmoud Abbas as a powerful leader who dared to say no to the US president.

Since Friday, Palestinian officials in Ramallah have been briefing reporters about the details of a 50-minute phone conversation between Abbas and US President Barack Obama.

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