Israeli Official says Abbas ‘No Longer Relevant’

From the Washington Post:

JERUSALEM, Feb. 26 — Israel’s acting foreign minister said Sunday that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas “is no longer relevant” following Hamas’ recent parliamentary victory, putting Israel at odds with the Bush administration and the European Union over how to continue supporting the Palestinian government.

It’s hard to argue with Israel’s position, and hard to understand why the Bush Administration would put any stock in Abbas. Abbas has been president of the Palestinian Authority for over a year now, and has proved too weak to disarm and reign in militant groups. How will he be able to do so now that his position has weakened? How can he control militant groups when the most dangerous group of all, Hamas, now controls the government?

And this is even if you give Abbas the benefit of the doubt by attributing his inability to control militant groups to weakness rather than a lack of desire.