It was a clever move for BN and the timing couldn't be better. Not only did it improve his political image what he desperately needed in the face of current protests. Secondly the deal undermined the authority of Abbas who gained much support for the bid at the UN. Thirdly the deal will go against the UN bid of the PLO, as it demonstrates that coming back to the negotiation table could have results.
Thousands gather in Kuala Lumpur for rally urging Malaysian leader to quit (AP)