Palestinians are livid and Mahmoud Abbas is the object of their anger. Hence reports that he has done a U-turn, to calm critics who say he has let his own people down.
Abbas is accused of betrayal for bowing to US pressure over a key report criticising Israel’s offensive in Gaza. His Palestinian Authority agreed to postpone a vote that would have forwarded the UN report to the Security Council. A youth in Gaza said Abbas had abandoned the cause and deserved shoes being thrown in anger at street posters showing his face. While hostility to Abbas may come as no surprise in Hamas-controlled Gaza, there has also been fury in his own West Bank territory. As anger mounts, a senior Abbas aide today tried to ease the pressure by calling the postponement a mistake. Another leading Palestinian said Abbas was now considering recommending the Goldstone report be referred to the UN Security Council. South African judge Richard Goldstone found both Israeli forces and Hamas militants committed war crimes in last winter’s conflict. But he was more critical of Israel. Libya now wants an emergency UN Security Council session on the report into the war that Palestinians say killed more than 900 Gaza civilians.