I think, Haaretz interprets Abbas wrongly about his real judgement about the 1947/48 situation. But the Palestinians had to reckon, that the security council would not grant the fulfilment of resolution 181 and that the few Arab rulers where often only satraps of the old colonial powers. The attackers had made their strategy long before, to establish their invading society by all means, and had no mercy with the weak and poor people of Palestine. Where should the leaders in Palestine had come from, after Britain did all to destroy the possibility of their development.
Protests in southern Syrian city after Druze cleric's death (AP)
from the article: Abbas: Arab world was wrong to reject 1947 Partition Plan