Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas continues to say one thing to his people, and an entirely different thing to the international community.
To Arab audiences, Abbas describes Israel and the US administration as not far short of Satan incarnate.
When the PA president sends a message to the international community, however, he shows a different face.
Ever since US President Donald Trump’s December announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Abbas and his top aides in Ramallah have been consistently signaling to the Palestinians that the peace process with Israel is “over.”
The Palestinians have also been assured by Abbas that Israel and the US will pay dearly for the recognition.
Abbas has promised, among other things, to revoke the PLO recognition of Israel, halt security coordination in the West Bank, and abrogate previous agreements signed between the Palestinians and Israel, beginning with the Oslo Accords.
Two key decision-making bodies, the Fatah Central Council and the PLO Executive Committee, have recommended in recent weeks that the Palestinian leadership endorse these measures. Notably, Abbas chaired the meetings of the two bodies in Ramallah.