If Abbas backs down on settlements, then Hamas most likely gains more power but if he doesn't start peace talks soon he loses US support. The US to blame for alot of this for getting Abbas to stop Goldstone report and for sending mixed signals on Roadmap. Once US decide to follow Roadmap then they should have used full pressure, half measures only make bothsides argry and make US look weak. First with Israel to stop settlements then on Arabs to honor their part of Roadmap. Abbas is a weak leader but good politician, some of the better leaders are in Israeli jails for both PA and Hamas. Much of the Hamas leadership was arrested 3yrs ago and never charged, although many have been release in the last few weeks. Many people like one state option but in the long run it would destroy Israel, Zionist and Settlers only see the short term dream of a greater Israel and that their army can always win. Two thousand years ago Jews thought the same way but the cost was dear.
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from the article: Israel, U.S. voice concern over Abbas withdrawal