The latest from Mahmoud Abbas -- PA leader, Holocaust denier and Obama's first phone call as president -- is that "he will tell US President Barack Obama this month that resuming peace talks with Israel hinges on its approval of a two-state solution," reports AFP.
Meanwhile, back at al-ranch, Abbas is not at all boosting the notion of two states, certainly not in Arabic. Palestinian Media Watch notes that in an address before the Palestinian Youth Parliament broadcast on PA TV on April 27, Abbas derided the very idea of Israel--and to warm applause. He said:
"What is a 'Jewish state?' We call it, the 'State of Israel.' You can call yourselves whatever you want. But I will not accept it. And I say this on a live broadcast... It's not my job to define it, to provide a definition for the state and what it contains. You can call yourselves the Zionist Republic, the Hebrew, the National, the Socialist [Republic] call it whatever you like. I don't care."
I wonder whether future historians will be able to capture the horrific devilry of the so-called "peace process." The supporting players in this nightmarish charade, including the Israelis, including the Americans, are completely numb to it. Which in no way removes their moral responsibility for what surely could be the end of Israel.