The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure. Although Abbas has, perhaps, done more damage to the credibility of the Palestinian leadership than any other leader in the past, he is also a byproduct of a process of political fraud that started much earlier than his expired presidency.

Abbas’ unforeseen announcement Aug. 27 that he, along with a few others, will resign from the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee and his call for an emergency session of the Palestine National Council (PNC) is a testament to his poor management. Moreover, it shows his utter disregard for the minimally required threshold of responsible leadership.

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