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The Washington Farce
Mahmoud Abbas: Double Agent
By JEFFREY BLANKFORT
This coming week we will witness the latest challenge for the man who is arguably the most extraordinary
double agent in the Middle East. What is unusual about , or Abu Mazen, as he was known
when his fellow Palestinians had yet to take his measure, is that most of what he does for his Israeli and US
masters he does in plain sight.
To which of the two he is most beholden will be determined during his upcoming visit to Washington for the
latest chapter in what has euphemistically been referred to as the “peace process” since it was launched in
the aftermath of the Oslo Agreement. The odds are it will be Israel. In Oslo, it should be recalled, Abbas, as
the chief Palestinian negotiator, played Neville Chamberlain for Tel Aviv, agreeing to surrender occupied
Palestinian land with a view toward putting a permanent end to Palestinian resistance and, immediately, to
If any reader still harbors the illusion that Oslo was anything but a sell-out by the Palestinian leadership, Abba’s
negotiating counterpart, former Israeli military intelligence chief,, put that notion to rest on the
evening of November 17,1993. When challenged during a speaking engagement at Congregation Beth Shalom
in San Francisco by an angry questioner who compared the agreement to that signed with Nazi Germany in
Munich in 1938, Gazit calmly replied that while he was reluctant to make such comparisons, “if it’s another
Munich, we’re the Germans and the Palestinians are the Czechs.”.
Since assuming the leadership of the Palestinian Authority with the death of Arafat, Abbas has continued on the
same path, using the US and Jordanian trained PA militia, for example, to suppress demonstrations protesting
Israel’s 2008-2009 bombardment of Gaza, and just last week, to violently quash a protest inagainst his
going to Washington to negotiate with Netanyahu. He has become what critics of Oslo had predicted would be
Arafat’s role, Israel’s sheriff in the West Bank.
It has not gone unnoticed.
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