Thursday, July 22, 2010

Obama To Abbas: Talk. To. Netanyahu; Abbas To Obama: Huh?

This is pitiful. There is absolutely no excuse that Abbas will not make in order to avoid taking the first step that the whole world takes whenever one party has to negotiate with another party--sit down and talk:
Abbas was speaking during a closed meeting of members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council in Ramallah.

Abbas was quoted by some Fatah operatives as saying that Egypt and Jordan supported the PA’s refusal to move to direct talks unless progress is first achieved on the issues of security and the future borders of a Palestinian state.

“We can’t go to direct negotiations like blind people,” Abbas was quoted as saying.

“We can’t enter direct negotiations without clarity.”

Abbas complained that Obama recently sent him an oral message urging him to launch direct negotiations with Israel unconditionally.

According to the PA president, Obama’s message was “unclear and ambiguous.” [emphasis added]
Of course, Abbas cannot sit down with Netanyahu--Abbas does not have the backing of the Arab world, let alone his own people to make any kind of concession. Unless the point of sitting down to talk is for Abbas to accept concessions and say 'no' to everything else, Abbas is powerless.

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1 comment:

NormanF said...

Abu Bluff wants Israel to give him everything so he can sign something. That is not a real negotiation.

But the Palestinian Arabs don't want one and they will do anything to avoid having to make a few real concessions to Israel for peace.