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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Abbas: Peace in 6 Months; No Preconditions if Settlement Freeze

Mahmud ‘Abbas, whose negotiating clout is admittedly rather hard to define right now, is speaking rather optimistically to Ha'aretz. Yes, he's a lame duck unless he changes his mind; yes, he's only got the West Bank. Still, a comment like this at a moment when many are giving up on the process may mean something.

Or, of course, not.

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