Tuesday, November 27, 2007

How Does Mahmoud Abbas See The Annapolis Summit?

Is Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, ready to make tough compromises with Israel in order to bring about peace? Joshua Pundit gives us the rundown:

... looking at the statement made by Mahmoud Abbas is enlightening.

Put aside the rhetoric and get to the meat and you see that Abbas was very plainspoken about the fact that the Palestinians are not planning on making any of those tough choices the president spoke about.

He mentioned Palestinian sovereignty over half of Jerusalem no less than three times, as well as a retreat by Israel to the pre-1967 lines, including the Golan and what Abbas referred to as `the remaining occupied parts of Lebanon', which shows that this was cleared with Hezbollah as well, since only they regard any part of Lebanon as `occupied'.

He also was adamant about the release of all Palestinian terrorists in Israeli custody, which shows just how deep his commitment to peace and opposition to terrorism run.

And of course, he's insisting on flooding Israel with Arab `refugees'.