Abbas says Paalestinians will recognize Israel

Haaretz and wire services:

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly on Thursday that the planned national unity government between his Fatah movement and the Islamic militant group Hamas will recognize Israel.

The current Hamas-led Palestinian government has so far refused to recognize Israel, end violence, and honor past agreements.

Earlier on Thursday, Vice Premier Shimon Peres said Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would not meet with Abbas as long as Hamas refuses to recognize Israel and release an IDF soldier captured in Gaza.

I remain skeptical. While such an action might get the contributions of cash flowing again it is unlikely to stop the terror attacks and unless the Palestinians can do that they really have nothing to offer the Israelis.


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