By dropping Fayyad, Palestine gives up the only leader today who can build a Palestinian infrastructure and economy. If Abbas chooses not to run, Palestinians lose their most powerful political leader. If both are out of the race, that leaves Barghouti, still in prison, and Meshal, who carefully guards his ass in Syria. It will be a victory for Hamas, a failure of the UN initiative, and a virtual guarantee of another intifada. In America, the Congress will pretend to mourn while upping the military budget, and businessmen will lick their chops with delight.
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