Abbas appears to be fostering regional hostilities through his policies since Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. The PA autocrat is planning to stop the transfer of funds to Gaza for electricity, water, health and salary payments, blaming Israel for the resulting crisis, thereby forcing confrontations between Hamas and Israel.
Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
Defense officials are directly linking Friday’s car ramming attack, which killed two Israeli soldiers and seriously wounded two others, to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ policy of three resolute “noes,” first reported by Israel Hayom last week.
According to Abbas’ “three noes” policy, as long as U.S. President Donald Trump does not rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his decision to move the U.S. Embassy there, the Palestinians will steadfastly refuse to take part in diplomatic negotiations and will boycott U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt or any other White House envoy. This will be followed by a “diplomatic intifada” against Israel and imposing sanctions on Hamas and the Gaza Strip while blaming the humanitarian crisis there on Israel.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Channel 2 on Saturday that Abbas is trying to foster regional hostilities and instability through the policies he has devised since Trump’s declaration.
“What’s especially obvious is Abbas’ attempt to exacerbate the situation and bring about a clash between Hamas and Israel,” he said.
“Abbas is going to stop transferring funds to the Gaza Strip entirely, including electricity, water, health and salary payments. He is exploiting the attack on [PA Prime Minister Rami] Hamdallah’s convoy to cease all reconciliation efforts [with Hamas]. The situation is tense. We are witnessing Abbas’ efforts to cause a direct conflict between Israel and Hamas. The moment he stops all the humanitarian payments, the situation will clearly get even worse.”
A senior defense official told Israel Hayom that Abbas is aware his policies could lead to an escalation of violence.
“The defense establishment’s working assumption is that Abbas’ policies since Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem are dangerous, and could have severe regional consequences,” the official said.
“Call it a policy of refusal or policy of three noes, there’s no difference. The responsibility falls on Abbas and his lack of desire to conduct any type of dialogue.”
Abbas recently said he would not conclude his tenure in office with a diplomatic endeavor consisting of any compromise on Jerusalem.
“I will not end my life with an act of treason,” he told the PA leadership in Ramallah last week. Senior PA officials said Abbas’ policy of three noes essentially forms the basis for the policy line he wishes to pass on to the next generation of leaders in Ramallah.
“It will be impossible to make concessions on our red lines, which call for an independent Palestinian state whose capital is east Jerusalem and a just resolution for the right of return [for refugees],” one official said.
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