Negotiating with Abbas is a joke and not even a good joke - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Voice of Reason
    • 20.03.10 | 00:40 (IST)

    Abbas has no authority to negotiate with Israel. This has nothing to do with who is PM of Israel or what happens in Jerusalem or anywhere else. The fact of the matter is that Abbas is too weak and without backing from his own people. Obama needs negotiations for his own political future, so maybe they could have indirect talks limited to discussing the shape of the table that will be used in twenty years or so when the palestinians are ready for real negotiations. Abbas might be able to sell his own people on an agreement to use a rectangular table vice a round one, without risking his own assassination by Hamas. That would allow Obama to claim a great foreign policy success and not do too much damage.

    from the article: Clinton: Decision to escalate row with Israel 'is paying off'
    First published 20:04 19.03.10 | Last updated 01:59 20.03.10
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