Mahmoud Abbas is the head of the Palestinian Authority, a position he undertook in January 2005. He is a member of the Fatah, and has been a chairman of the PLO since November 2004, succeeding Yasser Arafat. He was born in Safed, and fled with his family to Syria in 1948 when Israel's independence day war broke out. He studied law at the University of Damascus and obtained a PhD degree at the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where he wrote a dissertaion on the "secret relationship between zionism and nazism." Abbas is married to Amina Abbas and has three sons - two living, and one deceased.
The Palestinians have cut off diplomatic ties with the Trump administration, which they have long accused of pro-Israel bias, and spurned the Gulf states' diplomatic moves toward Israel.
“The Arab world now says that relations with Israel is more important than the Palestinian issue, which cannot be solved by Abu Mazen, for the foreseeable future.”
What is in Israel’s interests is to make overtures to the Palestinians, with support from the Gulf.
Palestinians have warned that the US peace initiative, under which both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have recognized Israel, has normalized the Israeli “occupation.”
Previous agreements between Fatah and Hamas failed to materialize due to the continued power struggle between the two sides.
Earlier this month, the Palestinians failed to persuade the Arab League to condemn member nations breaking ranks and normalizing ties with Israel.
The arrests were carried out in the West Bank and included Haytham al-Halabi and Salim Abu Safia, both senior members of Dahlan's faction, a statement from the group said.
Erkat's comments on the former prime minister are similar to Netanyahu's accusations that the cause for his indictments was his political activity.
"Drug supplies...required for the services provided to COVID-19 patients will only last for a month at the latest."
The Palestinians have a right to be angry – but that anger should be directed at their leaders.