According to one of Israel's foremost journalists, Khaled Abu Toameh, PA President Abbas is either playing the world for fools or he is delusional.
Abbas's call for municipal elections in October could destroy his government and bring Hamas to power in the so-called "West Bank." What reward could justify such a risk? He calls it the Jerusalem gambit.
In an attempt to thwart Netanyahu's recent diplomatic coup in Africa, Abbas has made a trip to the continent - straight into the embrace of Sudan's president, a wanted war criminal, charged with genocide and crimes against humanity.
With money, pay-offs, bribes, threats and international intrigue, today's Palestinian Authority is a living soap opera. Its drama does not bode well for peace.
Only hours before the start of Judaism's weekly holy day, Shabbat, Prime Minister Netanyahu has thrown down a public 5-point challenge to Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority.