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Moving the Palestinian Leadership from Rejectionism to Recognition by Gregg Roman (The Hill via M.E. Forum)

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Jan. 25, 2018

On Jan. 14, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said something hardly unprecedented for him, but for some reason managed to break through the longstanding wall of international ignorance and obeisance to his typical angry declarations.

Abbas’ address to the PLO Central Council ostensibly was to introduce the question of whether the Palestinian Liberation Organization should denounce the Oslo Accords, the treaty that governs relations between Israel and the Palestinians and created the Palestinian Authority, of which he is president.

However, what was meant to be a political argument became a long-winded claim against the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, Zionism. Invoking everyone from Oliver Cromwell to Napoleon Bonaparte, Abbas’ diatribe usefully shone a light on the real crux of why the conflict still rages after more than 100 years.

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