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A Focus on Abbas
A Focus on Abbas
Jackson Diehl, in The Washington Post, discusses the current strategy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which he believes is centered around waiting. According to Diehl,
Saturday, May 30,2009 06:12
by Cecile pomed.org

Jackson Diehl, in The Washington Post, discusses the current strategy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, which he believes is centered around waiting. According to Diehl, Abbas believes he can wait for the Obama administration to put enough pressure on Netanyahu so that his coalition weakens and he’s removed from office. Diehl points out that unlike previous administrations, the Obama administration has shifted the onus on the Israelis to act, not the Palestinians. “I will wait for Hamas to accept international commitments. I will wait for Israel to freeze settlements,” he said. “Until then, in the West Bank we have a good reality . . . the people are living a normal life”, Diehl quotes Abbas as saying.

In The Nation, Ali Abunimah posits that Obama may be talking to the wrong person as recent polling shows Abbas with little legitimacy amongst Palestinians. Abunimah questions the seriousness of Obama’s approach stating that “If Obama were serious about making real progress, one of the first things he would do is ditch the Bush-era policy of backing Palestinian puppets and lift the American veto on reconciliation efforts aimed at creating a unified, representative and credible Palestinian leadership.” Abunimah also calls out President Obama for supporting Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, asking what this will mean for the future of Palestinian Israelis

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