‘I accept… uh… I quit!’
JERUSALEM — The new prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, Rami Hamdallah, submitted his resignation on Thursday after only two weeks in office, a signal of continuing internal political disarray amid already complicated American efforts to restart the peace process with Israel.
It was not immediately clear if the president of the authority, Mahmoud Abbas, would accept the resignation, and experts said it was primarily a domestic issue that would not directly impinge on Mr. Abbas’s ability to make decisions regarding Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace mission.
But analysts also said the image of chronic political instability could undercut crucial international support for the Palestinians, both financial and political, at a time when they are supposed to be pushing for statehood.
“We see that there is a state of confusion,” said Zakaria al-Qaq, an expert in national security at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem. “This cabinet was still receiving congratulations. Now, I think, it is facing the harsh realities.”
“Image is very important,” added Mr. Qaq, suggesting that the lack of political clarity or of a cohesive Palestinian government could even give Mr. Kerry cause — or a pretext — to delay his so far unsuccessful efforts.
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