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May 3, 2017 3:48 pm

Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief: In Trump Era, Palestinian Leader Abbas Facing More Pressure Than Ever Before

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Algemeiner editor-in-chief Dovid Efune. Photo: Screenshot.

Since Donald Trump entered the White House in January, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has been facing more US pressure than ever before, the editor-in-chief of The Algemeiner said in an interview with i24 News on Tuesday.

“President Trump has lined up one hell of a stick which he’s hanging now over President Abbas’ head,” Dovid Efune explained to “Crossroads” hosts David Shuster and Michelle Makori ahead of the Trump-Abbas White House meeting.

Potential punitive measures, according to Efune, include the move of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and financial aid cuts, among other things.

“Tightening the screw a little bit, showing there are consequences for backing up and not coming to the table — [this] is certainly a step in the right direction,” Efune said.

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Trump, in Efune’s view, is telling the Palestinians, “The clock is running against you guys. Come to the table, be serious about this.”

While former President Barack Obama put “the onus on Israel all the time and the result was that Abbas climbed much higher up the tree,” Efune noted, Trump’s stance has already led the Palestinian leader to say he would be willing to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Regarding Trump’s stated goal of renewing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Efune said, “I think it’s a good thing that it’s a top priority for the Trump administration. But I think the key is that the approach is a little bit different. It’s not a prescriptive approach, where they’re dictating to both sides what they want the results of the negotiation to be. It’s a priority to bring them both to the table, but ultimately — they’ve stated this many, many times — they want the parties to be making the decisions. And that’s where we’re going to see things get tricky.”

Watch an excerpt from Efune’s i24 News interview below. The full discussion can be viewed here (8:30).

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    Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem as promised and cut ALL US funding of pal terrorists families. These two items will put an end to Abbas, ( although he stole billions meant for the pals) and any claim the Arabs have on an inch of Israel.
    Currently, the pals budget to terrorists families is exactly the same, $300 million dollars that America donates. Not another dime.

  • Joseph Feld

    The strongest issue is that the PA is paying salaries to convicted murderers of Americans and Brits. Not a penny of USA and UK money should be used to reward murderers. The second issue is the West Bank also known as Judea and Samaria. A recent pre-state document endorsed by leading American Jewish jurists clearly supports Israel’s rights to Jerusalem. [‘The Basic Equities of The Palestine Problem’ appears in Arutz Sheva]. See also Dr Jacques Gauthier, a Canadian lawyer who spent years producing a definitive case for Israel’s claim to Jerusalem. See ‘Churchill and The Jews’ where Sir Winston states that in return for giving 77% of Mandatory Palestine on the East Bank to the Arab Kingdom of Jordan, the West Bank, from the River Jordan to the Med Sea would be given to the Jews for their national homeland (page 50) Churchill also confirms his view that Jerusalem should belong to the Jews ‘because it was the Jews who made Jerusalem famous.’ (page 292)

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  • D4x

    Good report!

  • shloime

    abbas, just completing the 12th year of his 4-year term as president of the palestinian authority, has no mandate to agree to anything. his only legitimacy is as the chairman of the plo, and the head of fatah. and he will never give up their raison d’être voluntarily.

    trump is going to need a much bigger stick.