Abbas (and Arafat before him), intend for the Europeans and Americans to negotiate for him. When it comes to the crunch, he will resign. A Palestinian national referendum needs to be carried out with the central question being about vertical and horizontal sovereignty on the Temple Mount. Above ground Palestinian, below ground Israel, with dual access to the mount, where Jews can prey on the mount without the fear of riots (is is not interesting just how much Muslims fear the power of Jewish prayer?). Peace can only come about, really, when the results of such a referendum approve this type of deal. Any gestures by Israel before the Palestinians are able to accept a deal like this only worsens Israel?s position. This includes having gone to Oslo. The Left in Israel need to work for such a deal. It's the only way forward.
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from the article: Netanyahu: No more excuses - time is ripe for Mideast peace