Abbas is a goddamn fool. While I oppose settlement expansion, one doesn't negotiate over conditions for negotiations. The jerk knew there was a 10-month window, so why didn't he start direct talks 9 months ago instead of waiting for the 11th hour? Months ago, Obama should have said to Abbas, "Listen buddy, do you want a Palestinian state or to merely make propaganda points?"
from the article: Arab League endorses Palestinian decision to halt peace talks