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Monday, February 21, 2011

WaPo gets it right

The Washington Post blames the failure of the 'peace process' on the right party.
Mr. Abbas's stubbornness might seem spectacularly self-defeating - but only if one assumes that he is genuinely interested in a peace deal. In fact, the U.N. gambit allows him to posture as a champion of the Palestinian cause without having to consider any of the hard choices that would be needed to found a Palestinian state. It enables him to deflect criticism from the rival Hamas movement about his friendly relations with the United States. It might even allow him to head off a popular Palestinian rebellion against his own autocratic behavior - Mr. Abbas has failed to schedule overdue elections, including for his own post as president.

The Obama administration has all along insisted that Mr. Abbas is willing and able to make peace with Israel - despite considerable evidence to the contrary. If the U.N. resolution veto has one good effect, perhaps it will be to prompt a reevaluation of a leader who has repeatedly proved both weak and intransigent.
Indeed. Not that I would have expected Abu Bluff to do otherwise.

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At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As The Wall Street Journal reports that if Abbas had agreed to change the wording "illegal settlements" to "illegitimate settlements" (with a Security Council field trip to Ramallah to condemn the illegitimacy) Obama would have supported a UNSC condemnation of Israel--either Abbas is running away from negotiations to UN posturing or, he thinks that eventually O will succumb and finally put on a kefiyah.

Meanwhile Libya is turning into a bloodbath.

Smart power is working all over the world.

What could go wrong is coming home to roost.

At 8:54 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians rejected America's willingness to gang up on Israel over a word.

No good deed goes unpunished. One wonders why Abu Bluff was so adamant over one word!

Eppur si move!


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