DEBKA file Exclusive: Israel adopts US decision to switch backing from Mahmoud Abbas to Palestinian PM Salim Fayyad
Ahead of the Sharm al Sheikh summit, the Olmert cabinet decided Sunday, June 24, to release frozen funds “in a phased process to support a new Palestinian government” – not the Palestinian Authority, which is headed by Mahmoud Abbas.
According to DEBKA file’s Washington sources, Ehud Olmert switched his support from Abbas to Fayyad after talking to President George W. Bush in the White House on June 19. That conversation took place amid a crisis of confidence.
The Bush administration no longer believes Abbas is capable of combating Hamas or any other terrorists on the West Bank. The line Olmert heard therefore was tagged “West Bank first.” Fayyad was chosen to carry the policy through. }} More…
Israel and US: Abbas Out–Fayyad In
June 24, 2007 by Lance