Syria released Berjas Aweidat, 47, of Majdal Shams on Monday after 13 years in jail. His brother has spoken to him by telephone. 'I asked him how he was, he says he's OK.'08:31 05.05.16 | 0 comments
This public concession on Israel TV honors Abbas and demonstrates anew that he possesses all the hallmarks of a true statesman: insight, historical perspective and the courage to publicly admit shortcomings in order to promote unity and collaboration with his adversaries while furthering the cause of his people. Arafat would have never conceded (especially not publicly and to his "enemies") that he or the Arab world were wrong, because a) he didn't believe they were wrong; b) he would have considered such an admission a sign of weakness and c) he didn't possess either the insight or the willingness to make meaningful sacrifices for the sake of his cause and his people.