On the Holocaust, Take Abbas at His Word - for Now

The truth matters: Why the Palestinian president’s belated pushback against the Holocaust denial rampant in the Arab and Muslim world should be welcomed by Israel, and how it can reciprocate.

As peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians continue to unravel, Yom HaShoah [Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day], of all dark days, suddenly emerged as a revitalizing light for the stalled negotiations. And Holocaust memory itself, improbably, found a new devotee in the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, a man who once had a shaky command of the Shoah. In both English and Arabic,...