The hidden issue is Sunni vs Shiite dominance in the new Middle East. Abbas is nothing but a figurehead ever since he surrendered to Iranian proxy Hamas. The bigger issue is the Arabs vs the Persians as many Arab states - Lebanon, Syria - have surrendered to Iran. Assad, even if he wants to, cannot break his deal with Iran - he'd be a dead man. So there is more to the dynamic than the always used excuse of the Palestinians and Israelis. Neither the Arabs nor the Persians, the Sunni's or the Shiites care one iota about Palestinians. They are the sacrificial lambs. Time to wake up. In addition, what the hell does indirect talks mean? They've had indirect talks for over 60 years and still the Arabs want yield even a grain of sand. Israel should take this time to destroy Gaza. Not with bombs, but by turning it into a pig farm. Destroy their land without killing a soul. But ruin the soul and the soil.
Abbas to urge UN to pressure Israel to permit entrance to Palestinian refugees from Syria (Haaretz)
from the article: Amr Moussa: Arabs must prepare alternatives to failing peace process