From the beginning Abbas was not a man of war and seems not to have the stomach for physical struggle, not even Gandhi-like. Since becoming President, Abbas showed preference for diplomacy, which is a good trait except that Abbas is incredibly inept in that too. Asking for UN membership right away, instead of first asking the GA for recognition as a state, was a big, foolish mistake. The application for membership had to be submitted to, and approved by, the Security Council, which was sure to fail because of a certain US veto. Abbas should have instead requested the GA to approve his independent state based on the 1967 borders, which he surely would have gotten, and become a non-member state observer in the UN. Membership could come later, as Israel's did about a year after Independence. This would have enabled the internationally recognized state of Palestine to join UNESCO and other international bodies. But most importantly, it could join the ICC, and have every Israeli official involved in settlements indicted on a war crime, which would have forced the end of the settlement enterprise. It would have opened the way to sincere negotiations with Netanyahu because the latter would not have had anything to gain from a delay. Now, after delaying peace talks for years in favor of a diplomatic step which was certain to fail, Abbas is giving up his demand to freeze settlement construction, which will allow Israel to drag peace talks for ever. What do you call a man proceeding on Plan A, which is certain to fail, while not preparing a Plan B to continue with???
Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra (Reuters)
from the article: Palestinian officials: Israel stripped Abbas of VIP status