The government of Israel sees no need to climb down from the fake tree it constructed. It is acting as if it believes that Abbas has seized control of the PA, Hamas is out of the picture except in Gaza, and that with the Palestinians split and in a civil war all that need be done is to throw some scraps to Abbas every now and then to keep him in power. The House of Saud has not given up on it's peace process. It has given up on using the US as a broker. It is talking mutual defense treaty with Iran. It and Iran are talking to Fatah and Hamas over reestablishing a national unity government. Moreover, it has to have sunk in to the head of Mahmoud Abbas that Elliot Abrams was whispering sweet nothings in his ear, not honest promises, and that the US and Israel have no intention of giving him significant support. Meanwhile Hamas works to subvert Fatah, while Fatah fights Fatah in the West Bank. For Fatah to adopt the 'weekend' the US imposed on Iraq was stupid.
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