While Abbas seeks strategy to channel Jerusalem protests, Hamas aims to step in

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas prays before a meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) executive committee at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 4, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani)
PA chief says the ‚rage‘ over Trump’s new policy will continue, and the Palestinians will ’never back down.‘ But does he have a plan to turn grievance into a recipe for statehood?

By Dov Lieber | The Times of Israel

In the wake of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians will on Saturday start a process of charting a new course for their national movement.

The leaders of Fatah, the party that controls the Palestinian Authority, will meet, and then the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council will convene to discuss where it’s all heading.

It was this PLO body that gave first Yasser Arafat, and then his successor Mahmoud Abbas, the formal authority to negotiate a settlement with Israel. It gave legitimacy to the Oslo peace process.

Now, according to senior Fatah official and former Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh, this body will review whether to remain within the political framework set by Oslo.

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