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    • Eitan
    • 08.02.10 | 09:34 (IST)

    ...opportunity to miss an opportunity" for peace. Abbas, true to his heritage, continues to miss such opportunities. Instead of dealing directly with the elected officials of the nation-state of the Jewish people, Abbas refuses to deal directly with them and continues to reject the demand that he accept Israel's right to be, to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people. He does so, incidentally, contrary to decisions of the League of Nations of 1922 and 1923, and contrary to United Nations resolutions of 1947 and 1949. And of course he does so contrary to the universally accepted right of all peoples, including the Jewish people, to national self-determination and independence of which Israel is its expression. If Abbas were brave and sensible he would come out now and state, in Arabic, his recognition of the right of Israel to be, to exist in peace and security as the nation-state of the Jewish people. But he is neither, thus continuing to miss every possible opportunity.

    from the article: Abbas give in to U.S. pressure for indirect Mideast talks
    First published 02:20 08.02.10 | Last updated 14:43 08.02.10
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