What, Palestinians are wondering, did Mahmoud Abbas bring back with him from Washington? While some concurred that “there is nothing new under the sun” the questions turned into fears of what may happen to them and the occupied Palestinian territories.
This is more so since the visit took place within an unfavourable atmosphere for the Palestinians, especially for Fatah and the Palestinian Authority. It is enough to refer back to the statement made by US Vice President Mike Pence — deliberately, on the eve of the meeting between Donald Trump and Abbas — in which he reiterated the president’s commitment to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This may happen “soon,” he hinted.
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