Palestinian President-for-Life Abbas Begins 10th Year of 4-Year-Term

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Being President of Palestine is a fun job. Not only do you get a fake country to play with while getting to blame a real country for all your problems, but you never have to stand for reelection.

Just blame Israel for the fact that you’re on the 10th year of your four-year-term and that you don’t actually have the right to run the country because Hamas won the election.

The fact that Abbas has is now in his tenth year of his four-year term in office should also serve as a reminder to Kerry that the PA president does not really have a mandate from his people to sign any agreement with Israel.

Abbas, who turns 79 in March, became President of the PA on January 2005. He was elected to serve until January 9, 2009.

By remaining in power beyond his term, Abbas has given Hamas and other Palestinians a good excuse to argue that he is in no way authorized to sign a peace agreement with Israel.

“Mahmoud Abbas’s term in office expired a long time ago,” said Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. “He has lost his legitimacy. He does not have a mandate to negotiate or sign an agreement.”

What this basically means is that Hamas and other Palestinian groups are not going to accept any deal between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, even if it includes far-reaching concessions on the part of Israel.

It’s actually worse than that. Abbas has sidelined the Prime Minister and is once again effectively running the kleptocracy on his own.

Abbas won in 2005, but Hamas won in 2006 and their terrorist thug became Prime Minister as part of a deal with Fatah. After the breakup of the deal and the resulting civil war, the Hamas dominated Palestinian Legislative Council hasn’t met since then making Abbas into an effective dictator.

Abbas’ term was not extended by the legislature in 2009, instead it was indefinitely extended by the The Central Council of the PLO so there isn’t even anything remotely resembling democracy in the mix here.

The PLO Council, composed of PLO officials, began making it official last year that they were taking over the functions of the legislature severing even the illusion of democracy.

It was the PLO Council that picked Arafat. And then the PLO Council picked Abbas to head a country that doesn’t even exist.

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, has been elected the president of the future state of Palestine by the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

Why not? Who needs the formality of elections or countries anyway.

With the Arab Spring, Obama and Hillary began lecturing Israelis that they have to sign agreements with peoples, not dictators, how exactly is Abbas not a dictator and why is Israel expected to put any faith in an agreement with a political entity that won’t even hold elections?

Israel is still dealing with the front man for the PLO who keeps talking about a Palestinian State, but runs everything the same way that the PLO did.

  • truebearing

    As bad as the fraud is with the PLO, it is worse with Obama, Hillary, and the rest of the Left. They know what is going on with the Palestinians, therefore they know they are lying to the American citizens about peace between Israel and the Palestinians, or any other imaginary country.

  • darnellecheri

    Ugh. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), “US Foreign Aid to the Palestinians,” Sept. 30, 2013, the US has:
    “Since the establishment of limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the mid-1990s, the U.S. government has committed approximately $5 billion in bilateral assistance to the Palestinians, who are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid. Successive Administrations have requested aid for the Palestinians in apparent support of at least three major U.S. policy priorities of interest to Congress:
    • Preventing terrorism against Israel from Hamas and other militant organizations.
    • Fostering stability, prosperity, and self-governance in the West Bank that inclines Palestinians toward peaceful coexistence with Israel and a “two-state solution.”
    • Meeting humanitarian needs.

    I realize I am not a foreign policy egghead, but this is astounding! Why aren’t we funneling billions to the Republic of South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and Transnistria? They are stateless, unrecognized entities as well, and damn it, these poor struggling governments (?) need it too! “And, pretty please don’t do bad things, like sponsor terrorism. The US will give you money if you don’t.”

    • Gee

      Not “are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid.” – but the outright largest per capita by several magnitudes.

    • Reuben of NYC

      I will take 5 billion over 115billion anyday. Israel is the beggar of the Century and you complain about a measly 5bill. LMAO The minds of zionists are perplexing

      Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date,

      the United States has provided Israel $118 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in

      bilateral assistance. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance,

      although in the past Israel also received significant economic assistance. Strong congressional

      support for Israel has resulted in Israel receiving benefits not available to any other countries; for

      example, Israel can use some U.S. military assistance both for research and development in the

      United States and for military purchases from Israeli manufacturers. In addition, U.S. assistance

      earmarked for Israel is generally delivered in the first 30 days of the fiscal year, while most other

      recipients normally receive aid in installments. In addition to receiving U.S. State Departmentadministered

      foreign assistance, Israel also receives funds from annual defense appropriations

      bills for rocket and missile defense programs. Israel pursues some of those programs jointly with

      the United States.

      https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf

  • objectivefactsmatter

    It’s political theater. Suspension of disbelief is expected.

  • Edward

    ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Countries✓

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Towns✓

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Neighborhoods✓

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White Anything✓

    Anti-Whites say there should be no White People✓

    Immigration = Colonization – “Diversity” = Fewer White Children

    “Multiculturalism” = WHITE GENOCIDE

    Anti-racist is a >codeword< for anti-White

  • USARetired

    Is his perpetual term the reason O’Bozo is so infatuated with Palestine??

  • Silver Garcia

    Saudi runs ALL of the US’s Middle East policies. Where are U on that?

  • Gee

    That is why the United States gives the Arabs over twice as much aid as Israel right?

    What a racist moron you are