For the past five years Abbas has been the only constant face in "face to face" negotiations with Israel. The shifting of power within Israel's political system, the growing influence of ultra-orthodoxy and its settler movement, and the frustratingly duplicitous actions of America have left Abbas with no other option but to appeal directly with the world's leaders. To me, Abbas's message is clear. He has given up playing the game of rigged negotiations and, if Palestine's bid for UN membership is denied, he will disolve all form of lawful government creating Israel's worst nightmare. Overnight, Israel will become one state responsible for the welfare and security of almost 5 million disenfranchised, vote less Palestinians. I trust that the world's human rights activists will be watching the compassion with which Israel handles this self inflicted disaster.
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from the article: Israeli leaders' price tag against the Palestinians