1. Asking for UN membership is a big mistake. The application has to be approved first by the Security Council, which may not do so even WITHOUT a US veto. (it is a touch and go.) Non-approval will be a setback, and even an approval but with a US veto will not be ideal because the SC will delay it to the max (35 days) during which the whole issue will lose momentum. Abbas should have requested the GA to approve his independent state based on the 1967 borders, and become a non-member of the UN. Membership could come later./ 2. Agreeing to talk with Israel ONLY based on the 1967 border is introducing a pre-condition. Netanyahu has his own pre-conditions, so Abbas will now appear on equal footing as a trouble maker. What Abbas should have insisted on is FREEZING settlement activity by Israel. It is not possible to discuss sharing a pizza while one side keeps eating it. A freeze is therefore not a pre-condition but a necessary condition for talks. This would have kept Abbas on a higher moral plane than Netanyahu./ Well, Abbas now has 35 days to think about it.
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