With an intransigent Bibi on one side, an abusive extremist in Hamas on the other, Abbas is in a lose lose situation. It is hard to see how he could even hold an election in Gaza. Who would monitor the ballot boxes that Hamas didn't force it's citizens to vote for them? And what if West Bank residents increased their support for Hamas out of frustration at the ongoing stalemate? It was a mistake for Clinton and Obama to press Bibi for a settlement freeze, or indeed to try and pressure either side into anything other than return to negotiating. If Abbas quits or loses, Israel will face a more difficult extremist intranistory figure and the game will have been set back decades, yet again.
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