Until recently we were made to understand that Palestinian unity is a pre-condition for statehood, because no one would negotiate, let alone recognize, with a divided country. Now we are told that a divided Palestine has a better chance. Not only that, but Abbas is holding off on the cabinet only for the duration of the UN bid, and later would go ahead with it. We are expected to believe that Abbas is foolish enough to think that the Americans are such utter nincompoops that they will be deceived by these crude tricks.
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)