“If they were to fail, what takes their place? Hamas? Jihad? I don't know,” he asked lawmakers during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee. “I just know that as troublesome as they have been in certain respects at many times, that President Abbas remains committed to a nonviolent, peaceful approach to a two-state solution.”
Leading Fatah member Mohamed Shtayyeh said Sunday that the authority is “on the verge of collapse,” citing dire finances. Compounding the governing body’s financial woes is Israel’s refusal to release Palestinian tax revenues, which account for some 70 percent of the authority’s civil servants payroll, Shtayyeh said.
"The PA is on the verge of collapse, and if the situation remains unchanged, we might not find fuel to police cars and public security," he said.
In early January, the Israeli government decided to block the transfer of tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority in retaliation of its decision to join the International Criminal Court, or ICC, to pursue war crimes charges.
Kerry said the U.S. does not believe the authority has the right to accede to the ICC, and Washington advised the Palestinians against making such a move.
“But they're out of patience. And we couldn't contain that. And as you know, they went to the UN,” he said.