One need not read any further between the lines - Abbas statements are clear - ""If we showed flexibility on these issues the peace agreement would have been signed a long time ago," - Abbas is clear recognizing Israel as Jewish would not allow him to stand by right of return - a right not accepted or exercised elsewhere (a uniquely Palestinian definition - the same as the Unique refugee definition which the UN uses for Palestinians with specific UN body Vs. the rest of the refugees of very other conflict anywhere else in the world). I guess this makes sense. The Palestinian claims they are the most oppressed people in the world and in the most dire of needs ,etc (we can see the UNHCR agree based on number of resolutions & investigations) and yet under such unique burdens which they carry (with no contribution on their part) - it is admirable how they stand fast by principles not adopted by any other situation - stand fast in not accepting a Peace that will deliver these items. Sounds strange??? So does it sound to me - I don't know how it is with other people , however, if I am in such a miserable state then normally I come to a compromise which provides peace - rather then making demands which exceed any other type of negotiations in the world. Or is there another agenda going on. By the way it is clear that the right of return is not symbolic as Meretz try and portray - otherwise the signing of Peace of a 1000 symbolic people seems like to big a sacrifice for the Palestinians to make.
Suspected assailant in car-ramming attack in West Bank shot (Haaretz)