November 21, 2011
Sixty-four years after Palestinian Arabs rejected the partition plan, Abbas claims to be having second thoughts. [http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/28/uk-palestinians-israel-abbas-idUKTRE79R66U20111028] Yet instead of negotiating with the Jewish state, he is forging ahead at the UN for unilateral statehood without making peace with Israel. Sadly, Abba Eban's 1973 quip that the Arabs "never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity" holds stubbornly true. To be fair, time does not stand completely still: Abbas-like "moderates" are operating only 64 years behind real time. For the "militants" of Hamas, though, it is perpetually 1917.
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