Abbas Rails at Conspiracies

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a ceremony marking the 14th anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, Sunday. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)

Mahmoud Abbas used Sunday’s annual homage to arch-terrorist and Fatah founder Yasser Arafat to rail against “conspiracies” by Hamas, Israel and the United States.

After laying a wreath at Arafat’s tomb in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority president claimed, “There is an American conspiracy through the ultimate agreement and the Israelis are conspiring to implement it,” apparently referring to the White House Mideast peace plan which is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year.

Abbas has reportedly been angered by indirect truce negotiations between Hamas and Israel, mediated by the United Nations and Egypt, that have largely bypassed the PA.

Abbas was hardly less hostile toward the rival Hamas:

“Another plot, by Hamas, aims to disrupt the establishment of an independent Palestinian state,” he said.

Abbas vaguely threatened that the PLO Central Council, will make a series of “decisive decisions” in the coming days to set out the future of relations with Hamas, Israel and the U.S.

“We won’t be afraid, and no one should blame us,” the PA president said about the decisions, though he declined to elaborate.