Goldberg: Abbas accounts of departure from Safed conflict

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 18, 2011 10:54

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's accounts of his family's departure from Palestine are contradicting, correspondent Jefferey Goldberg wrote in an Atlantic post on Tuesday.

Goldberg cites Abbas's story Wednesday in a New York Times op-ed about how he was "forced" to leave his home in Safed and compares it with an account from 2007, in which Abbas said his family left Safed voluntarily out of "general fear" that the Jews would seek revenge against the Arabs for the 1929 Arab uprising.

Based on these conflicting accounts, the Atlantic correspondent wrote "There is no particular reason to hope for a successful peace process when the leader of the Palestinians is selling a false history of Israel's independence."


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