Likud Minister Katz: Abbas has less control over Palestinians than Assad has over Syria

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on Sunday questioned the ability of Mahmoud Abbas to lead negotiations toward a peace agreement with Israel, saying that the PA president has less control over Palestinians than Bashar Assad has control over Syria at the moment.
"Just as nobody would seriously consider giving Assad land in his current situation, it is impossible to seriously think about transferring the control of territories to the Palestinians," Katz said prior to entering the weekly cabinet meeting.
Katz added that the Israeli public was skeptical about the negotiations "because it sees the position of Abu Mazen [Abbas] and what is happening in the region.