Aides insist Abbas set to resign
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas could resign, leading to a potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority, if American attempts to relaunch peace talks stay deadlocked, aides said on Tuesday. "President Abbas is not playing games and he is not going to hold on to the presidency just for the title," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP.
"If president Abbas feels that his project of establishing a Palestinian state is in danger and that Israel wants to destroy the idea of a Palestinian state, then I think he will not remain in the position of the presidency." "If there is not going to be a Palestinian state, then there is not going to be a Palestinian Authority," Erakat said.
Another senior Palestinian official told AFP that Abbas was likely to resign if the peace process does not progress. "If that happens the Authority will fall, and there will not be a Palestinian Authority or any of the institutions of a Palestinian state," the official said.