My Mideast Punchlines: resigned to resigning….

If you’re following the saga of Mahmoud Abbas’s purported resignation, AFP reports that the PA leader’s tender will only take effect when the Palestinian National Council meets to elect a new executive committee. What difference does that make?

Small FistWell, don’t hold your breath. The PNC, or Palestinian parliament, has 740 members who live in the Palestinian territories and in the diaspora. It has not met in nearly 20 years. My wife first heard the news about Abu Mazan while listening to Galei Zahal, the IDF radio station, in bed. She excitedly called out the news to hubby downstairs. My initial reaction of ‘what, again?’  left her in little doubt that I was less than impressed. Whenever things get tough, some Arab leaders tend to proffer their resignation. Everyone knows that the leaders’ minions, backed by rent-a-crowds, will refuse to accept the offer. Nasser did it when he lost the Six-day war in 1967. Abbas has done it a few times. However, one should not expect any of this kind of thing from Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Mashaal. What, give up the 5-star hotel in Qatar to head back to the squalid Gaza Strip? Not on your nelly!

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