Barghouti decides to back Abbas after all

Oh well, that didn't last very long:

"After a meeting of four hours, during which we debated this issue, Marwan Barghouti sends this message to the Palestinian people and its fighters ... He calls on the members of the movement to support the movement's candidate, Mahmoud Abbas," Fares said.


After the announcement, Barghouti's daughter Ruba, 15, began weeping. "He is putting his confidence in the sellouts," she cried.


So I guess the question is, what exactly they promise him in exchange for his support?

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