The Palestinian Authority (PA) is not an actual government, nor is Palestine a universally recognized nation. Therefore, it makes little sense to speak of the PA’s “foreign policy.”
Islamist governments that have arisen in the region, such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, tend to be more aligned with the religio-political philosophy of Hamas in Gaza than with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which currently dominates the PA. Nevertheless, if the Arab Spring revolutions result in greater democracy and political participation in the region, then one can assume that this will be a good thing for the PA. After all, the people of the region are overwhelmingly pro-Palestinian, and if they are allowed to have a voice in their governments’ policies regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict, that is sure to be of benefit to the PA.
There is, however, this one last thing to consider: the tenure of Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, officially ended years ago. He has remained in his position by fiat and canceled elections to replace himself. In other words, in the eyes of many Palestinians, Abbas is as much a legitimate president as was Ben Ali and Mubarak. The fear that this sentiment may result in a “Palestinian Spring” is something that the leaders of the PA intensely feel.
(Source / 25.04.2013)