Diplomatic sources say the Quartet's announcement on direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians is expected Friday, and will not demand a continuation in the freeze of settlement building past September, Army Radio reported Thursday evening.Maybe, just maybe, Abbas will take the hint and realize that the only way to get the things he wants will be to talk with Netanyahu face-to-face.
Israel has made it clear that it does not agree to the conditions set by the Quartet for direct negotiations, including the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.
Jerusalem is waiting for an invitation for direct talks by the US which will not set preconditions for discussions.
And be willing to make some concessions of his own.
If this is something that is beyond Abbas's ability to do, then he should not show up at the negotiations to begin with--and the Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank had best get themselves a new leader.
Of course, the fact that Abbas's term expired 1 1/2 years ago, with no new elections in sight, is itself an indication of the enormous leadership vacuum the West Bank faces.
(And don't get me started on Gaza)
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