It seems that most here are under the impression that Abbas can make any deal he wants and that will be then end of it. Nothing could be further from Abbas mind. He knows he cannot just make any deal. He knows his agreement is worthless unless ratified. Some here think that Olmert also has the ability to sell out Israel. Nothing could be further from Olmert's mind either. Olmert knows his agreement is worthless unless it can be ratified, too. In the case of Palestinians, it is pretty clear that a referendum is required to ratify. That means that the Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem will have a yea or nay, too, along with the other people of the West Bank. In the case of Israelis, it is unclear to me if Knesset approval is sufficient or if a referendum is needed. Neither Olmert nor Abbas has a blank check.
Syrian rebels call for regional alliance against Russia and Iran (Reuters)
from the article: If Hamas isn't in the game