Palestinians Lose Patience With Abbas as Frustrations Pile Up

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By Felicia Schwartz and Dov Lieber.. RAMALLAH, West Bank—Palestinians angry over their dysfunctional government and decrepit infrastructure are souring on Mahmoud Abbas, as the U.S. questions the 83-year-old leader’s interest in peace talks with Israel. [Picture top right: Christians for Israel International].  Protests, once rare, have broken out in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority, which Mr. Abbas heads as president. Demonstrators last month clashed with security forces.

More than 60% of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza want Mr. Abbas to resign, according to a public-opinion poll released Wednesday (July 4, 2018) by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

Still, 64% of Palestinians say they worry that if Mr. ​Abbas leaves politics, it could spark turmoil and insecurity because he has no clear successor. Read the full story.



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