In a leaked recording released this week, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat slammed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas over his handling of negotiations with Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his failure to go to the International Criminal Court. The audio surfaced last week on the site Awraqq, and the Times of Israel posted a translation the following day.
The quotes are strung together into a three-minute matchless dump from Palestine’s top arbiter. Typically Abbas’s party does not publicly step out of line, even when a series of resignations from the position of Prime Minister rolled out last year. However, Erekat likens Abbas to Saddam Hussein and laments that he too tried to leave his post over Abbas’s ineptitude and his “commitment” not to go to international bodies:
“This isn’t your daddy’s farm! This is a nation, this is Palestine. This is bigger than individuals. He didn’t listen to me. I swear, I submitted my resignation twice.”
The date and time of the statements in the recording are unknown.
From the Times of Israel:
“Abu Mazen [Abbas], if you want to move Netanyahu, work on the [application] documents for international institutions. He said: I made a commitment’ [not to apply to international institutions]. What commitment have you made? This isn’t your daddy’s farm! This is a nation, this is Palestine. This is bigger than individuals. He didn’t listen to me. I swear, I submitted my resignation twice.”
Erekat goes on to say Netanyahu deserves to be humiliated, but “he isn’t worth the bullet” to shoot him; and that Abbas had the ability to limit the Prime Minister’s travel by going to the United Nations, but tossed the opportunity.
“Without a cane to his ass [Netanyahu won’t act]. I don’t say shoot him. He isn’t worth the bullet … he’s ideologically corrupt, I’ve known him for 31 years.”
‘Quite honestly, the Arabs don’t believe you [Abbas],’ Erekat said. ‘They either doubt you, or attack you, or are scared of you.’
“Why did Netanyahu engage in these random negotiations if not to build more settlements? … You, Abu Mazen, have the ability to prevent Netanyahu from traveling anywhere in the world, except from Ben-Gurion airport to New York. He’s a despicable, filthy war criminal. Let him take [the land] from the river to the sea. Did he leave you a [Palestinian] Authority anyway? When you [Abbas] travel from Ramallah to Amman you have to call a lieutenant [at the IDF coordination office] in Beit El and tell him how many cars are traveling with you. They humiliate you.”
Erekat also likens Abbas to Saddam Hussein and Bashar al-Assad continuing,
“He [Abbas] is 79 years old. How much longer will he live? All he must do is take a patriotic stand. He can do anything, but it seems like he wants to become like Bashar Assad or Saddam Hussein … this way of thinking is useless. There are cards in your hand — use them.”