Dagbladet , the editorial is on President Abbas, in full:
The American attempt to regain momentum in the stone dead negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians appears to have failed ahead of the key being inserted in the ignition. Things looked bad as President Obama recently visited the area. This weekend, events changed from worse to worse as Palestinian PM Salaam Fayyad announced his resignation,. Attempts by USA and also Norway to make the respected PM continue, failed. We should remember by now that the Palestinians are in possession of two governments; one in the West Bank and another in Gaza, controlled by the Hamas Islamist group. However, it is only the West Bank government the USA wants to talk to. Fayyad will remain in office until a new government has been instated; however he will hardly be leading a caretaker government. Political relationships are now so bad in the West Bank the Norwegian FM Espen Barth Eide is in fear of a collapse. Fayyad has constructed schools and roads and attempted to fight corruption; however, his resignation was caused by disagreement between him and President Abbas. Their relations have deteriorated steadily; topping with the announcement of the resignation of the Minister of Finance, Nabil Qassis, in early March. Abbas is part of the old PLO guard; Fayyad being an economist educated in the West; having worked for the IMF. Fayyad held the opinion he had too little say over Abbas, and was frustrated over the lack of economic and political progress, and the division within the Palestinian leadership. Seven meager years seemed to be enough to this moderate Palestinian which has maintained good relations to USA and other Western countries. In Palestine, he has been lacking in popularity over being seen as having too close ties to USA; but also over lacking payment of wages for many of the Palestinians. By now, it is up to Abbas; who just keep going as president without any elections, to formally declare a successor to Fayyad, He might perhaps find one. But will it be a politician able to bring something new into the deadlocked conflict in the Middle East; or will it be a puppet for Abbas? Unfortunately, the last option is most likely.