|Thursday, July 29, 2010|
|Weekly Commentary: A message to Abbas: haggling with a democracy different than with dictatorship|
Weekly Commentary: A message to Abbas: haggling with a democracy different
These are the indisputable facts:
#1. In the waning days of PM Ehud Olmert's administration, Olmert offered
#2. If Abbas had accepted the outline of PM Olmert's generous offer, it
#3. But Mahmoud Abbas decided to hold out for even more concessions. And he
#4. As a result of the Israeli elections, a Likud lead coalition did indeed
As a negotiating tactic, Mahmoud Abbas walked away from the Israeli "stall"
Now this tactic may make sense when negotiating with a stable dictatorship.
But Israel isn't a stable dictatorship.
It is a democracy.
And we changed, via the ballot box, the man in the Israeli "stall".
And the new man in the "stall" has absolutely no obligation to honor the
In a word, Mahmoud Abbas blew it.
And that's his problem. Not ours.
Here's the puzzle: if Abbas is so confident that his final status demands
But instead he is burning time dickering over pre-conditions for direct
There are some reports that Mahmoud Abbas thinks he can manipulate the
A word of advice for Mr. Abbas: Your manipulations may indeed lead to a
You blew it when you walked away from Ehud Olmert's "stall".
Don't repeat the mistake with Netanyahu.
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
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