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March 22, 2018 1:02 pm

Major Arab Writer Also Questions Abbas’ Sanity

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian Central Council in Ramallah, Jan. 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Mohamad Torokman.

I wrote yesterday that Mahmoud Abbas was delusional, as evidenced by his latest speech. I also discussed how reporters are loathe to say anything about it.

But at least one major Arab pundit seems to agree with me.

Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm and the former editor in chief of Al Quds Al Arabi, has an editorial where he wonders whether Abbas is all there. The long headline is a synopsis:

Why did President Abbas depart from diplomatic norms and describe the American ambassador as “the son of a dog”? Is it reasonable to raise his anger against America and Hamas at the same time? What is the guilt of two million people in Gaza to pay the price of this anger? Has his health deteriorated?

Atwan, who says that he wishes Abbas had declared a new intifada in his speech instead, adds:

There is a secret that we do not know about the health and psychological state of President Abbas, and we do not rule out that the disease lies behind his emotions. He went through tests at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland, specializing in incurable diseases, during his recent visit to America.

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