Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his aides are hoping to create drama and suspension over the stalled peace talks with Israel by writing “the Mother of All Letters”, says Khaled Abu Toameh in an article for the Stonegate Institute.
The Palestinian leadership is hoping that the sensation surrounding Abbas’s letter will shift worldwide attention back to the Israeli-Arab conflict. Khaled Abu Toameh, of the Jerusalem Post, reports that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a “political letter” to Israel and a number of other countries next week outlining the Palestinians’ conditions for resuming the peace process. The PA reiterated on Tuesday its refusal to return to the negotiating table unless the Israeli government meets its two conditions – a full cessation of settlement construction and recognition of the June 4, 1967 lines as the future borders of a Palestinian state. Abbas’s explosive letter will hold Israel alone responsible for the failure of the peace process.
After his failed statehood bid at the UN Security Council and his unsuccessful attempts to end the power struggle between his Fatah faction and Hamas, the 76-year old Abbas has resorted to his old habit of issuing empty threats, states Toameh. “Some Palestinians are already referring to the ‘mother of all letters’ as another one of Abbas’s ‘gimmicks’. "The Israelis must be preparing the shelters because they are so scared of Abbas’s letter," a Palestinian political analyst remarked sarcastically. "Many people have become used to Abbas’s gimmicks and empty threats." Instead of wasting his time on writing the "mother of all letters," Abbas should return to the negotiating table with Israel immediately and unconditionally to ensure a better future for his people. Gimmicks and tricks will not help advance the cause or interests of the Palestinians”.