The excellent news analysis by The Associated Press explains exactly why Abbas no longer has his ears attuned to Israel and Washington, so I’ll not go into that. My question is, Why does Netanyahu make such inane and irrelevant statements, and does he fool anyone? I cannot see the Palestinians re-focusing on Israel no matter what happens in Paris in two weeks or in New York in September. I hope that Hamas puts its country’s interest ahead of the venal interests of its leaders so that national reconciliation can be achieved. Hamas should certainly scale back some of its demands, and it should devise a formula of qualified recognition of Israel that meets international criteria. But should Hamas refuse to do any of this, and should the PA fail, as a result, in its efforts for unilateral statehood, I still cannot see Abbas turning back to Israel with hat in hand. He will have to dissolve the PA, or his people would do it for him. In either case we will default to the much-abhorred single state. I am not at all a fan of the single state because it will not solve any of the problems, and will add quite a few. But chasing after a peace bid with Israel is no longer an option for the Palestinians even if Netanyahu’s government falls tomorrow and a more moderate politician moves in. There simply is no interlocutor in Israel. The Jazeera leaks have shown how little Livni was willing to give in. Hence there are only two possible outcomes from the current impass: Unilateral statehood, followed by admission into the UN and sanctions if necessary, or the single state.
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IDF: Shots fired at troops operating near Gaza border, no injuries or damage sustained (Haaretz)
from the article: Netanyahu to Abbas: You can't have peace with both Israel and Hamas