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An America-induced Arab Spring is making its way to the West Bank. And again, it’s the Islamists who will benefit.
 
07/31/2021
 

Is the United States Preparing to Topple Mahmoud Abbas?

An America-induced Arab Spring is making its way to the West Bank. And again, it’s the Islamists who will benefit.

BY BRENT NAGTEGAAL

JERUSALEM – In scenes reminiscent of the 2011 Arab Spring, many youths are starting to join the popular protests to topple Abbas. "The people want to bring down the regime," protesters have chanted, an echo of the slogan used in Tunisia over a decade ago that kicked off the Arab Spring.

And now that same slogan is being heard in the streets of Ramallah and Hebron to remove the Palestinian dictator. Still, given Abbas’s power over the Palestinian security forces, as well as Israel’s security partnership, it’s unlikely the voices in the street would ever become powerful enough of themselves to topple Abbas.

But as we learned during the Arab Spring a decade ago, sometimes it just takes the pressure of the United States to bring down a dictator.

 

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