Will West Bank bloodbath determine Abbas successor?

The Palestinian ‘Game of Thrones’ is on
by Benny Avni
February 28, 2018

The Palestinian Game of Thrones is on. White House Mideast peace planner Jared Kushner’s security clearance troubles and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal struggle may be all the rage among the region’s watchers this week. But a Ramallah power play, conducted away from the media’s prying eye, is brewing — and we ignore it at our peril.  As 83-year-old Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ health deteriorates, his would-be successors jockey for position. Last week, Abbas made a UN speech in a shaky voice. His puffy face led many to speculate the heavy smoker is heavily medicated. READ MORE

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