Tension high today in Jerusalem in advance of funeral of Hamas terrorist -- he planned to blow up the Caffit cafe on Emek Raf'im -- who died of cancer in prison.
It's a tension orcastrated by the Palestinian leadership or leaderships.
Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas is meanwhile telling US Sec of State John Kerry that he will give the US about a year to pressure Israel to withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines, accept the "right" of Palestinian Arabs and their descendants who became permanent refugees to "return" to a truncated Israel -- or he will seek these same goals via the automatic majority the Arabs enjoy at the UN.
So Abbas and Hamas compete for the Palestinian Street by ratcheting up anti-Israel violence. While Abbas collects his salary from well-meaning Western donors.
Too bad Abbas isn't interested in a peace deal. Too bad he won't recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
With all the chaos in the Arab world too bad Abbas is not a force for genuine moderation.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Abbas Inflames the 'Street' -- Adheres to intransigent negotiating line
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