Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues his policy of sending settlers to the West Bank and eroding power of the Palestinian Authority. President Abbas increasingly loses power as Hamas gains it by defying Israel. Instead of fostering programs which would enhance the image and authority of Fatah, Netanyahu plays the dangerous game of making Hamas the center of Palestinian efforts to challege Israel.
Abbas is now drawing upon the only card left in his game, seek UN non-member status which would be welcomed by Palestinians. The French government of President Francois Hollande has thrown its support for Palestinian observer status. This status would allow Palestine to sit on UN committees. The US insists negotiations are key to resolving problems, but the Obama administration refuses to compel Netanyahu to call a freeze on new settlements. A freeze would renew negotiations.
The ball is in the corner of Netanyahu. Cease efforts to destroy the Palestinian Authority!