... no Israeli PM would dare acknowledge the very existence of a Palestinian people. Nowadays an elected Palestinian president is received in great pomp in Washington by a US president, and is be filmed shaking hand with the UN secretary-general. Once, israeli PM Sharon claimed Abbas is a "featherless chicken". No more. Never have the Palestinians been so close of getting a homeland of their own. Thank God. "If we don't end the occupation, it would end us." (Haim Ramon, former Israeli Justice Minister) - "We must have a Palestinian state in our neighborhood, or we shall become a Palestinian state." Yehoshafat Harkabi (1921-1994), chief of Military Intelligence 1955-1959, then head of ME Studies at the Hebrew U, Jerusalem.
Israeli soldier lightly wounded after being hit by car south of Hebron (Haaretz)
from the article: After his stint at UN, Abbas is politically stronger than ever