Will the Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike Succeed?

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs-Hebrew) Yoni Ben-Menachem - Support on the Palestinian street for the security prisoners' hunger strike has been restrained. Many see it as part of the battle over who will inherit the Palestinian Authority after Abbas, and that Marwan Barghouti is trying to make a political comeback on the backs of the prisoners, to prove to Abbas his strength within Fatah. While officially supporting the prisoners, Abbas is working behind the scenes to thwart the strike and Barghouti. Abbas never mentions Barghouti's name. According to sources within Fatah, those who are participating in the strike are aligned with Abbas' critics, and that Abbas is acting to maintain public calm. Abbas wants to arrive at his meeting with Trump on May 3 with the strike behind him and the situation in the West Bank relaxed. The writer is a veteran Arab affairs and diplomatic commentator for Israel Radio and Television.

2017-04-20 00:00:00

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