Abbas warns of a ‘fifth column’ in the PA

In an upcoming interview in Arab media, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warns of a “fifth column” trying to destroy the PA from within.

“There is a fifth column inside the PA trying to prevent it from existing,” he says cryptically in the interview, which is slated to air next week, according to the London-based pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi.

Abbas also criticizes Israeli demolitions in the West Bank, saying Israel’s willingness to demolish buildings in Areas A and B, defined in the Oslo Accords to be under PA administrative control, is a violation of the pact. Israel’s much-lauded Supreme Court, which approves such demolitions, is complicit in this violation, he says.

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