His support for achieving Palestinian statehood through the UN isn’t shared by Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement. Its leaders officially frown on the campaign, led by Palestinian AuthorityPresident Mahmoud Abbas from the West Bank, home to 2.6 million people versus 1.6 million in the Gaza Strip. Eighty-six percent of Gazans favor the Abbas push, a survey by a Palestinian research center found, more than in the West Bank.
After the UN recognition effort was formally announced in May, Hamas leaders condemned Abbas, known locally as Abu Mazen, for failing to consult with them. They said his willingness to accept a state that includes only the West Bank, Gaza and eastJerusalem showed weakness and that Israel should be taken over by Palestinians as well.
When Abbas, 76, speaks to the UN General Assembly today, he won’t mention that he represents barely two-thirds of Palestinians, or that the leadership of the other one-third is pledged to the destruction of Israel.Well, when you're seeking to be elevated to statehood, genocide isn't exactly a selling point. That said, maybe he's hoping that the people in the other one-third will be so grateful to him if he's successful that they'll rise up and give Hamas the boot.
Update: If that's part of Abbas's rationale, it may not work out the way he's hoping. Jeffrey S. Tobin of the contentions blog writes:
While Abbas claims, somewhat disingenuously, his UN gambit is intended to revive peace talks with Israel, the vast majority of Palestinians see it as more than a symbolic gesture. They want to couple this demand with efforts to impose Palestinian sovereignty over all of the West Bank and parts of Jerusalem. And they seem willing to do so even if it means a violent confrontation with the Israeli army and the hundreds of thousands of Jews who live in communities the Palestinians say must be part of a Jew-free Palestinian state. The disconnect between their expectations and the fact Abbas’ New York adventure will change nothing on the ground is bound to lead to both violence and a dramatic downturn in Abbas’ popularity.