Abbas Hurting Himself with Pre-Conditions?

by Gedalyah Reback

Against my better judgment (because I don’t think a two state solution would last without a war), if Abbas dropped this pre-condition business, he and Netanyahu would be talking and his popularity levels would go up. Why Abbas is doing this is beyond me. He concedes the point that Hamas and not Israel is responsible for Gaza being sieged and even says Egypt’s blockade is justified. Neither of these views will make him a popular Palestinian president. The fact he is saying these things is all about pressuring Hamas, not Israel. But in so doing, he is hurting his chances of getting back to the table. I cannot see him actually thinking the 67 borders are a possibility.


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