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The trial of Mahmoud Abbas

An application of international law to Mahmoud Abbas’s statements and actions demonstrates a compelling case for prosecution.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas (C) welcomes Palestinian prisoners released in Ramallah.
Photo by: REUTERS/Ammar Awad
The two-state solution is dead. However, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s recent statement that peace talks with Israel will continue “regardless of what happens on the ground” has apparently staved off rigor mortis from setting in.
Yet, it was during this same interview that Abbas also called for an international probe to determine who killed former PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

And therein lies the conundrum: Abbas, anointed by the international community to end the Middle East conflict, libels his presumptive peace partner by perpetuating the canard that Israel poisoned one of the founders of the Palestinian liberation movement.
Lest this slur against an entire nation be dismissed as a mere slip of the tongue, incitement against the Jews and the Jewish state is part of daily life under Abbas’s Palestinian Authority.



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