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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 12.11.09 | 06:31 (IST)

    Abbas has spent the last 5 years of his life on a fools errand. He has tried to negotiate an agreement for a peaceable solution to the Israeli/Palestinian problem. Olmert was always unwilling to allow a conclusion and Netanyahu has made it absolutely certain there will be no conclusion. Obama served to prolong the agony because it seemed he might be willing to press Israel to make a deal. And then Obama made it clear he was dedicated to kow-towing to israel and that there would be no peaceful solution. Israel's Netanyahu government achieved it's objective. Hope for peace was destroyed. As violence is the only hope Palestinians have left, Abbas, a man of peace, has no choice but resign before he ends up with the blame for the third intifada that Israel's Netanyahu desires. Why 'bluff' when your enemy as bluffed your ally into total submission? There is nothing to gain by a bluff. At least if Abbas retires before the bloodshed starts, then he cannot be blamed.

    from the article: ANALYSIS / Bluffing or not, Abbas has shown he's no Arafat
    First published 09:30 12.11.09 | Last updated 10:02 12.11.09
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