It was a saga typical of the Palestinian Authority. In June, Rami Hamdallah submitted his resignation as prime minister - just two weeks after taking up the post - due to an undisclosed “dispute over his powers.” He changed his mind the following day, only for PA President Mahmoud Abbas to accept the resignation nonetheless two days later.
For an institution whose name contains the word “authority,” the PA has so little of it.Sharif Nashashibi
For an institution whose name contains the word “authority,” the PA has so little of it that the Palestinians could have as many prime ministers - and even presidents - as they wish, and it would make little if any difference. It is in charge of isolated bantustans in a small minority of the West Bank, and its jurisdiction does not extend to the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Hamas. It is Israel, the occupying power, that controls every aspect of Palestinian life.