At issue is whether or not Mr. Abbas has either the capacity or desire to bring Palestinians closer to a peace deal with Israel, and it was his own words that triggered congressional wrath. In an interview with Jordanian newspaper Al-Dastur last week, Mr. Abbas spoke with pride of violence he had waged in his past, suggested that terrorism could start anew in the future, and essentially backed away from repeated statements that he “recognizes” Israel’s right to exist.
A top congressional appropriator, Foreign Operations Chairman Nita Lowey, said flatly, “President Abbas’ recent statements cast doubt on his willingness to take the steps necessary for peace with Israel.”
The Tundra Tabloids would advise the US Congress to shelve the request until Mahmoud Abbas proves that his brief dabbling into the Dark Side was a mistake, and that he has forsaken once and for all the road to terrorist violence. This is a major wake up call for all the fence sitters on Abbas’ good intentions. *L* KGS
Yoda: “The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see the future is.”