The health of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, 83, has deteriorated in the past year, and his doctors feared for his life; But his condition has improved greatly thanks to the secret treatment of an Israeli doctor, according to a report in the newspaper Yediot Aharonot.
On May 20th , Abbas was hospitalized for the second time in twenty-four hours at the Arab Hospital Istishari, in Ramallah. The Palestinian president suffered from pneumonia, complicated by a serious ear infection. The doctors feared that hs organic systems would shut down.
The PA officials did everything possible to prevent the public from knowing about Abbas’ condition. But, Israel quickly learned of the deteriorating state of health of the Palestinian leader and offered to give him treatment in an Israeli hospital so that he receives the most advanced medical care.
Naturally, the Palestinian leader refused.
Instead, Israel decided to send a specialist to Ramallah to join the team of foreign doctors who were already attending Abbas to try to stabilize him. After two days in intensive care, the Palestinian leader improved and a week later he was discharged.
Israel and the United States have reportedly been maneuvering to get someone more amenable to genuine peace and coexistence into the position once Abbas is gone, but the current Palestinian leader is believed to be resorting to violent intimidation to ensure his own preferred successor takes the reins after him.
Adnan Mjalli is an American-Palestinian billionaire who lives in North Carolina, but is no stranger in the West Bank. He recently served as an advisor to US President Donald Trump on Palestinian economic affairs.
Israeli officials from across the political spectrum have long viewed economic incentives and the growth of joint Israeli-Palestinian business ventures as the key to true peace, and Mjalli could be just the man to help make that happen. He’s also said to have been a liaison between the Trump Administration and a Palestinian leadership that has refused to publicly treat with the current occupant of the White House.
Needless to say, Abbas isn’t keen to let a man whose own views more closely align with Israel’s and who has been chummy with the reviled President Trump take over as head of the Palestinian Authority. Israel’s Channel 13 news reported this week that some two months ago, Mjalli was visiting the West Bank when a bomb was detonated next to his car. He wasn’t in the vehicle at the time, and so was unharmed, but the attack was seen as a warning for Mjalli to stay out of the race to succeed Abbas.
Abbas has made clear that his preferred successor is Nablus Governor Mahmoud al-Aloul, an old-guard PLO official like himself. Aloul currently serves under Abbas as deputy chairman of the ruling Fatah faction. Like Abbas, Aloul no longer openly advocates terrorist violence, but often justifies it, and remains bitterly hostile toward Israel. With the Palestinian Authority under Aloul’s leadership, most expect that the peace process would remain in a state of stagnation.
Source: Israel Today