A week earlier, he told me bluntly that Obama had led him on, and then let him down by failing to keep pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank last year. “It was Obama who suggested a full settlement freeze,” Abbas explained. “I said OK, I accept. We both went up the tree. After that, he came down with a ladder and he removed the ladder and said to me, jump. Three times he did it.”
Dan Ephron, The Wrath of Abbas, Newsweek, April 24, 2011
Obama singlehandedly created the impass that derailed the peace process by making the settlements into a precondition--an issue that up to the point was agreed to be an issue to be discussed in the negotiations themselves. Abbas just took his cue from Obama
Has Obama done it again?
With Obama's help, it looks like the Palestinian Arabs have come up with another precondition before they will sit down with Netanyahu:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must accept U.S. President Obama's vision for Mideast peace if talks with the Palestinian Authority are to resume, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Sunday.If this keeps up, the Palestinian Arabs will get everything they want out of Israel without ever having to negotiate a thing.
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