A big thanks to Lieberman
Abbas regained his standing - at least in the Palestinian and Arab media - as a hero and leader without fault. He who dares wins, partly thanks to the Israeli PR campaign that portrayed the move as no less than state terror.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will certainly never admit it, but he owes a huge thank you to the Israeli government, especially Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Only a few days ago, it seemed Abbas might disappear from the Palestinian and international consciousness due to Hamas' achievements during Israel's Operation Pillar of Defense.