Ab Arse is losing his standing, his prestige and his position as a leader. Everything he has tried has gone awry, and this is his desperation. He has one last chance...just start negotiating without preconditions, and stop using settlements (on a minute part of the Samaria and Judea) as an excuse for not being sensible and logical. He is looking more like a buffoon in international eyes, as he cannot even compromise with half of his OWN people!
PLO official: Reports about Abbas' resignation from political life very premature (Haaretz)