America and Israel have never had any respect for Abbas and they have even less today. They provided support, arms, and training for Abbas faction in order that he might be used as a "cats paw" against Hamas. Now America and Israel support Abbas new government. Once again, they are using Abbas as a tool against Hamas. As long as the Palestinians are in disarray and there is no unity or effective leadership, Israeli expansion in the west bank can continue at breakneck speed, as it has been doing. West bank expansion is the motive behind every Israeli move. Once Abbas ceases to be of use to America and Israel, they will once again ignore him, as they have in the past.
MK Amir Peretz tells Hatnua Leader Livni he intends to return to Labor Party (Haaretz)
from the article: Mahmoud Abbas is a fiction