Conceding to this demand of Netanyahu's any time BEFORE it's resolved, would allow Israel to later claim his acknowledgement as a concession which negates any further discussion over the right of return or any alternative solutions for it. Why do you think that silly demand suddenly popped up out of nowhere during the negotiations under Olmert? - LOL...wasn't it Lieberman who first dreamed that one up? - Anyway...Netanyahu knows exactly what he's doing by trying to squeeze that one out right up front. Meanwhile, the pro-Israel camp vilifies Abbas for refusing. I'll venture that once some compromise is agreed on over the refugees - the recognition Netanyahu demands will be forthcoming. But Abbas isn't going to do it before then, because he knows if he does, no matter where these talks go, Israel will forever hence use it to claim that he agreed to there being no right of return. He's been around awhile, and he's not falling for any of the old tricks.
Netanyahu orders more demolitions of terrorists' homes in attempt to crack down on terror (Haaretz)
from the article: Aluf Benn / Who will blink first as peace talks stakes pile ever higher?