Report: Abbas giving up on Obama and Hamas, going it alone

posted at 2:41 pm on August 25, 2014 by Noah Rothman

While President Barack Obama displayed a great determination to vacation over the last two weeks, the situation in the Middle East has continued to spiral out of control. No, not that situation in the Middle East. Not that one either, silly. That’s North Africa. No, the specific Middle East crisis to which we are referring is the ongoing war in Gaza.

Some of you forgot that was happening, didn’t you? It’s understandable. The press determined to cover the latest Gaza war with rarely seen ferocity when it first erupted. A few news cycles later and a proliferation of crises around the world and at home, and the media has lost interest in covering that story. As is often the case with this president, the news cycle dictates where his administration focuses its attention. Obama, too, has moved on to more pressing issues.

But the crisis in Gaza remains unresolved. Now, according to The New York Times, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has lost his patience with both the intransigent Hamas authority in Gaza and a lethargic Obama administration. He is going it alone.

“Mr. Abbas plans to present an initiative Tuesday to the Palestinian leadership that, several people close to him said, would bypass American-brokered negotiation with Israel that have failed for many years to produce a Palestinian state,” The Times reported. “Instead, he will call for an international conference of United Nations resolution demanding a deadline to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.”

“This is exactly our moment, like it was the moment of the European Jews after the Holocaust, when the said, ‘Never again.’ This is our ‘never again,’” said Husam Zomlot, a senior foreign-policy official in Mr. Abbas’s Fatah faction. “This is the time to really operate. We either operate or we let the patient die, and the patient here is the two-state solution. We cannot just put bandages.”

This analogy is an apt one, but only casualty as a result of this maneuver will be American influence in the region.

The Times story suggests Abbas’s initiative will take the form of an ultimatum. “It’s going to be in the form of either-or,” said Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Zaid Abu Amr. “It’s going to be a different approach to the ongoing modus operandi.”

Presuming the United Nations does, as many of its members are inclined to do, take up an initiative imposing a deadline on Israel which would presumably lead to the creation of the conditions the Palestinian Authority insists are prerequisite for it to achieve statehood. So what? Israel will not be bound by resolutions approved in the United Nations.

Moreover, the notion that the two-state solution is imperiled misses the fact that the two-state solution has been virtually defunct for some time. Why? We’re no longer talking about two states, but three. The Palestinian Authority has almost no control over the actions of Hamas militants in control of the noncontiguous territory of Gaza, evidenced by their inability to broker a ceasefire to which Hamas would abide. Likewise, Hamas is virtually at war with the P.A. in the West Bank and even went so far as to attempt to orchestrate a military coup to overthrow Abbas’s government (thought the P.A denies this).

All Abbas will achieve with this maneuver is to cement the impression that the United States can no longer function as a broker between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.


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“… the situation in the Middle East has continued to spiral out of control.”

What? It seems to me Israel has things well under control with Gaza, Noah. It’s certainly not spiraling out of control.

You need to rein in your knee-jerk cliche use, Dude.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Geez, I thought for a moment he had an ounce of sense and was just going to declare a Palestinian State and ask a couple of other Nations to recognize it.

Nope, too simple. That is the RIGHT WAY TO DO IT, so he can’t choose that option.

Where are the cluebats when you need them?

ajacksonian on August 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Giving up on Hamas? He will be dead within a week.

SC.Charlie on August 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

all it takes is a pen and a phone….

socalcon on August 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

The problem is, who fills the void?

portlandon on August 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

“Instead, he will call for an international conference of United Nations resolution demanding a deadline to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.”

What occupation?

rbj on August 25, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Learn to golf

faraway on August 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

While President Barack Obama displayed a great determination to vacation over the last two weeks, the situation in the Middle East has continued to spiral out of control. No, not that situation in the Middle East. Not that one either, silly. That’s North Africa. No, the specific Middle East crisis to which we are referring is the ongoing war in Gaza.

Some of you forgot that was happening, didn’t you? It’s understandable.

This has to be the most insulting lede I have ever read, in either hard news reporting or on internet pundit sites.

Noah, try to remember who your target audience is. You’re not Maureen Dowd writing for a lefty NYT readership who needs to be hand-held or dragged alone by the nose when she writes a right-leaning article.

The bulk of the readers at this site are high-information political junkies. We are well aware of what is going on in the world. And we know North Africa is not in the Middle East.

And your assumption that we have forgotten what is going on in the world is ludicrous and not understandable.

You’re not AllahPundit, you’re not Marc Styne and you’re certainly not very clever.

Silly.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Also Walter, preview your comments and make believe you’re your own editor. Mistakes, drat.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM

“But the crisis in Gaza remains unresolved.”

How would you like it, Noah, if foreign reporters constantly referred to the crisis in Afghanistan or the crisis in Iraq when reporting about our involvements there?

Oh wait, don’t answer that.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 3:01 PM

“This analogy is an apt one”

How is it an apt one, Noah? Please explain.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Another one is hit by the obama reality.

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Abbas giving up on Obama and Hamas, going it alone

But you repeat yourself.

nukemhill on August 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Why? We’re no longer talking about two states, but three.

I’ve been calling for that for years, since 2000 with the failure of the Clinton peace deal which the Palestinians backed out of.

There is no reason whatsoever for Israel to provide a travel route between the West Bank and Gaza. Israel will be much better for it as will the Palestinian states, if their people ever reach a maturity to have them.

Dusty on August 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

This has to be the most insulting lede I have ever read, in either hard news reporting or on internet pundit sites.

Noah, try to remember who your target audience is. You’re not Maureen Dowd writing for a lefty NYT readership who needs to be hand-held or dragged alone by the nose when she writes a right-leaning article.

The bulk of the readers at this site are high-information political junkies. We are well aware of what is going on in the world. And we know North Africa is not in the Middle East.

And your assumption that we have forgotten what is going on in the world is ludicrous and not understandable.

This. I check in to The Times of Israel and JPost at least four times a day. I am totally up to date on that war. I notice Hotair barely gave the death of the four year boy and glance… or the downing of the headquarters …

djl130 on August 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

“Instead, he will call for an international conference of United Nations resolution demanding a deadline to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.”

You might say that Abbas is pissing in the wind. Actually, he’s pissing all over himself.

If he REALLY wanted to accomplish something, it would be a one-on-one with the Israelis.

But Abbas is not that smart.

GarandFan on August 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Yeah but if he cannot purge Hamas from Gaza he is a toothless tiger.

jake49 on August 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

This analogy is an apt one, but only casualty as a result of this maneuver will be American influence in the region.

??… Parle usted ingles, sir? Do you have a job, sir?

abobo on August 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

You silly knuckle draggers, Obama is playing 11 dimensional chess with the whole world. King Barky the Liar is so far out ahead of everyone, particularly Putin. Get ready for over two more years of super tranquility in the world under the benevolent and wise guidance.

PBUH Obama, PBUH.

jukin3 on August 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Club Med for the wild ones

Schadenfreude on August 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I like your stuff Noah. It’s interesting and insightful. People that pat themselves on the back for their amazing knowledge while offering unhelpful and spiteful criticism should spend their time on more productive endeavors. Keep up the good work.

Mormon Doc on August 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Finally someone is thinking. I didn’t think Abbas had it in him. I have to see if he is bluffing or serious. America has not been an honest broker for decades. The fact that the Palestinians believed the US was there to help was always a mystery to me. I wondered if they had no eyes or were retarded. Lol

Well, now that Abbas and people in the West Bank are catching on that Israel is out to take all their land and are willing to let Hamas hang to get their goal shows great progress in strategic thinking. I hope they catch on that Saudi Arabia and Egypt is not their friends either.

Let see what happens next. Very exciting time.

coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

??… Parle usted ingles, sir? Do you have a job, sir?

abobo on August 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Hey look, it’s the grammar policia. No one gives a caca.

coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Well, now that Abbas and people in the West Bank are catching on that Israel is out to take all their land
coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Free of all thinking and reality. You have set a new high bar in lunacy.

jukin3 on August 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Kudos to Abbas for catching on to the fact that Hamas is an embarrassment to the Palestinian cause, and to the credibility of an eventual Palestinian state. All Hamas knows how to do is shoot rockets into Israel (not very well), then cry uncle and “cease-fire” when the Israeli army overwhelms them, then they start firing rockets again. Abbas is wise to not associate himself with Hamas any more.

If not even Abbas will help Hamas, it will probably soon be obliterated.

Steve Z on August 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

You silly knuckle draggers, Obama is playing 11 dimensional chess with the whole world. King Barky the Liar is so far out ahead of everyone, particularly Putin. Get ready for over two more years of super tranquility in the world under the benevolent and wise guidance.

PBUH Obama, PBUH.

jukin3 on August 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

307wolverine on August 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Nobody loves Barry anymore.

formwiz on August 25, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Free of all thinking and reality. You have set a new high bar in lunacy.

jukin3 on August 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Yeah tell that to the pale stains whose home in the West Bank were destroyed and had to watch as new Israeli settlements are built. Wherever those settlements are built Palestinians are not allowed to go and the places Palestinians can go in the West Bank is shrinking rapidly. Don’t take my word for it. Google West Bank settlements. If you can handle it.

coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

307wolverine on August 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Forgot about that. Lots of words to explain away being lazy with no concrete achievements.

coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

As my french friends would say, “proofs?”

jukin3 on August 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Wasn’t it just eight weeks ago that Hamas and the PA merged? Doesn’t say much for the kind of stability to build a nation on.

paul1149 on August 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Yeah tell that to the pale stains whose home in the West Bank were destroyed and had to watch as new Israeli settlements are built. Wherever those settlements are built Palestinians are not allowed to go and the places Palestinians can go in the West Bank is shrinking rapidly. Don’t take my word for it. Google West Bank settlements. If you can handle it.

coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

they attack, Israel won. To the victor goes the spoils.

wifarmboy on August 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

I like your stuff Noah. It’s interesting and insightful. People that pat themselves on the back for their amazing knowledge while offering unhelpful and spiteful criticism should spend their time on more productive endeavors. Keep up the good work.

Mormon Doc on August 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I do keep up on productive endeavors. I write for a living. Newspaper. I know from what I am talking about.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I like your stuff Noah. It’s interesting and insightful. People that pat themselves on the back for their amazing knowledge while offering unhelpful and spiteful criticism should spend their time on more productive endeavors. Keep up the good work.

Mormon Doc on August 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I was being helpful. I told him it was an insulting lede and then told him why. I hope he’s smart enough to understand.

Evidently he doesn’t respect our intelligence.

Walter L. Newton on August 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Oh dear, Joo hating failed ESL student returns…

Dolce Far Niente on August 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Free of all thinking and reality. You have set a new high bar in lunacy.

jukin3 on August 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Yeah tell that to the pale stains whose home in the West Bank were destroyed and had to watch as new Israeli settlements are built. Wherever those settlements are built Palestinians are not allowed to go and the places Palestinians can go in the West Bank is shrinking rapidly. Don’t take my word for it. Google West Bank settlements. If you can handle it.

foolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Must suck to go through life believing everything that Israel-hating CNN tells you…

CNN’s Distortion of the Gaza Conflict’s Psychological Toll

Please tell us again why you hate Israel, Girl. Take your time.

Del Dolemonte on August 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Yeah tell that to the pale stains whose home in the West Bank were destroyed and had to watch as new Israeli settlements are built. Wherever those settlements are built Palestinians are not allowed to go and the places Palestinians can go in the West Bank is shrinking rapidly. Don’t take my word for it. Google West Bank settlements. If you can handle it.

coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

That’s a sad story. It really is. It breaks my heart (not!) I guess there’s a price to be paid for rejecting the Oslo Accords and the Roadmap For Peace. The Palleys wanted war, so war is what they got… and now they’re upset about the consequences. Tough $hit.

“Life is tough, but it’s even tougher when you’re stupid.”

307wolverine on August 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Yeah tell that to the pale stains whose home in the West Bank were destroyed and had to watch as new Israeli settlements are built. Wherever those settlements are built Palestinians are not allowed to go and the places Palestinians can go in the West Bank is shrinking rapidly. Don’t take my word for it. Google West Bank settlements. If you can handle it.

coolrepublica on August 25, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Look very carefully at the UN map that defined Israel in 1948. You will notice that both Gaza and the West Bank were designated as belonging to the State of Israel. Following partition, the Arab world invaded Israel with the end result that Egypt squatted illegally in Gaza for twenty years, and Jordan squatted illegally in the West Bank. And during those twenty years of illegal occupation, not a word was breathed about Palestinian rights or Palestinian anything, for that matter. It was only after the third Arab attempt to overrun Israel that the Israelis were able to take back the land that belonged to it while the Arabs ran like a pack of burnt-ass baboons. Israel also took the Sinai. Egypt made nice, and Israel politely handed it back even though it would have been better strategically for them to hold it. Israel unilaterally pulled out of Gaza, uprooting many thriving settlements and businesses. Donors were found to purchase the greenhouses and business premises that had provided jobs for many, many Gazans, and the Gazans promptly destroyed them and the jobs. Since the pull back from Gaza, Gaza has become nothing more than a rocket launching pad aimed at Israel.

Now why in the world would Israel pull out of a second large chunk of its own land to provide yet another terrorist rocket launching pad aimed at itself?

Quite frankly, my hope is that Israel will deport each and every Muslim out of Gaza and the West Bank, give all of them a severance check and tell them neither they, nor their children, nor their children’s children will ever step foot on Israeli soil again.

catsandbooks on August 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Look very carefully at the UN map that defined Israel in 1948. You will notice that both Gaza and the West Bank were designated as belonging to the State of Israel.

catsandbooks on August 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

lol… Phucktard. You should look carefully at that 1948 map.

lexhamfox on August 26, 2014 at 3:03 AM