Obama created the problem initially by telling Abbas your wish is my command you say what you want I will get it and his obsession with reaching out to the muslim world which of course has to come at Israels expense only encouraged Abbas to play hard to get. Bibi has called for talks before now and Abbas said no these are a list of my conditions for me even agreeing to sit in the same room as you. Bibi risked destroying his coalition by offering a 10 month freeze in construction in Judea & Samaria Obama didn't say to Abbas Bibi has made a gesture you recipricate. Abbas just told Obama not enough so he came back to Bibi said its not enough give more. Obama has acted like a puppet to the muslim world. Bibi has been caling for direct talks for weeks now and Abbas has been saying no no no until you meet these demands of mine and the only reason he even started telling Abbas he must talk is because Bibi had outsmarted him in Washington and there are midterms on the way. Abbas has agreed to start talking in September and chances of him doing any deals if he is expected to go into these talks without pre conditions that he expects to be met first. Its also going to put Obama in a tricky situation with midterms end of November its to close to start getting tough on Israel and letting Abbas have it all his own way if he wants to keep Democrat losses to a minimum... They are already a good chance they might lose control of Congress which will drastically weaken Obama. Bibi is the only one who will be going into any talks from a position of strengh Abbas is weak and Obama is getting weaker by the day at least for the next 4 months. Abbas is a nobody and may not even stand at the next presidential election and has no real power anymore .. he is not a strongman like Arafat.
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