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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 30.08.10 | 05:07 (IDT)

    For the last year both sides have been maneuvering to put the other side at blame for the failure. The hopelessly weak side, the Palestinians, understood that there was no chance of peace talks succeeding as soon as Obama capitulated to Netanyahu. The party with overwhelming power, Israel, has had to resort to any and ever device to displace it's intransigence. The final maneuvers involved Netanyahu attempting to move the middle-man - the USA - out of negotiations and Abbas trying to delay until Netanyahu's partial 'settlement freeze' was due to end. Now Netanyahu has to choose between bringing down his coalition by extending the settlement freeze, while Abbas will be given the demand to recognize Israel as a "Jewish State' where Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem have no legal right to remain there. Needless to say, these conditions are both impossible. Netanyahu will not surrender power; and Abbas will not surrender Palestine to Hamas.

    from the article: Mahmoud Abbas: If talks fail over settlements, only Israel will be to blame
    First published 23:05 29.08.10 | Last updated 23:05 29.08.10
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