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vminfla Donating Member (992 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 09:07 PM
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Palestinian Diplomacy, Lost at Sea
They will go to the Security Council; or theyll go to the Security Council only if theyll win; even if they wont win; now, or maybe later; then to the General Assembly, or maybe not, after all. Palestinian diplomacy is now a series of contradictions that display little more than confusion. In this context it is not at all surprising to see renewed negotiations between Fatah and Hamas.

PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has refused to negotiate with Israel for nearly three years now. He thought he had an ace up his sleeve going to the UN instead, but that option has not panned out. American opposition and the lack of enthusiasm elsewhere (Europe, for example) doomed the effort in the Security Council because the PLO could not round up the nine votes needed. Initially, going to the General Assembly to raise the PLOs status to non-member state observer could have been claimed as a real victory, but the Palestinian diplomatic mismanagement ruined that. They talked it down instead of up, devaluing the only success available to them and finally (for now, anyway) abandoning this path. The taste of victory at UNESCO was also bitter, for the Palestinians were quickly toldby friendly countries and by the UN system as well, which wants American dollars to keep flowingnot to try that again in any other UN agency.

So, having refused negotiations and now turned victory into defeat in the UN, Abbas is turning to yet another option: unity talks with Hamas. These have been on again and off again for about a year, with pious speeches and oaths of unity by the dozen but never any progress. It is possible that Abbas will arrange to sign something this time, at the cost of the resignation of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. That would be another self-inflicted Palestinian wound, for the unity with Hamas will never last. The Hamas and Fatah militants, or perhaps it is more accurate to say the Hamas ideologues and terrorists and the Fatah office-holders, hate each other. And the loss of Fayyad will cost the PA plenty, for he is the only Palestinian official whom donors in Europe, the United States, and the Arab oil producing countries trust. Moreover, many of the Europeans and American officials who are most fervently pressing Israel for negotiations will pipe down a bit when the Palestinians announce that Hamas is now part of their government.

Abbas has tried all the options with which he is familiar. He is not the man of the future, and may be sincere this time when he says he wants to retire. Reports suggests that he will not have to live on a meager pension, and life will perhaps be much better if he can shift the burdens of officeactually, three offices, counting his jobs as Fatah chairman, PLO chairman, and PA presidentto someone younger. Abbas does not relish having to explain to Palestinians that the world will not deliver a state on a silver platter, and that negotiations with Israel will require painful compromises. It seems right now that with the UN gambit in a shambles a deal with Hamas may be struck. That will most likely collapse in six months, but perhaps he can keep it afloat for twelve or fifteen and see if a new American president or a re-elected Barack Obama will shake things up. No one around him seems to have a better idea.
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riverwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 09:14 PM
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1. Elliot Abrams?
really? The Neocon's Neocon?
What a waste of pixels.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 09:45 PM
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2. Go away.
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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:43 PM
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3. I am sure that is against DU rules
Edited on Thu Nov-17-11 10:43 PM by King_David
Telling a fellow DU`r to go away.

But I guess you figure that Hardara is a 1% er huh?
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jimmie Donating Member (163 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-11 06:51 AM
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4. Palestinian DIplomacy
What a contradiction .

Great article.
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