For years now Abbas, despite all his shortcomings, has provided security for Israel within the area in which he has effective control. And what does he get? More settlements, more demolitions, more provocations, and even personal insults from the senior Israeli diplomat. This has been his treatment since the death of Arafat, Israel's ever-ready alibi for freezing progress towards a solution. Why was Hamas elected in 2006 - because Abbas was achieving no progress. Taking advantage of the spotlight that the conflagration has focused on the problem is there an opportunity now to make an agreement that not only stops the attacks by both sides, but that also addresses the fundamental issue of the occupation? And if there is will Israel grasp it? That would require a major change of direction within the present government.
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