Abbas has fine-tuned the practice of diplomacy and P.R. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • S. Lahat
    • 18.09.11 | 13:55 (IDT)

    No one who has observed Mahmoud Abbas over the past few years could have failed to take note that he is a politician of a vastly different caliber from Arafat. While Arafat was a crude ideologue with no diplomatic finesse (even though he did possess the shrewdness of a fox) and remained forever the militant - in word, deed and demeanor (he never gave up appearing in public in uniform and with a gun in his holster), Abbas has learned to advance his cause - Palestinian Statehood - by utilizing more acceptable diplomatic venues that appeal to the world arena and by publicly discouraging violence and instead embracing parliamentarian methods. He even learned the game of staring down his political opponent and waiting to see who blinks first.

    from the article: Abbas has shown Israel he is not like Arafat
    First published 00:32 18.09.11 | Last updated 00:32 18.09.11
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