In a sane world, Abbas would be apologizing to Welch and promising to do more to combat Hamas, jihadism, and even anti-Israeli and anti-American sentiment. After all, he’s on our payroll; what are we buying? But instead, he barks, because he knows when he does, we will jump.
“U.S. State Dept. official meets Abbas,” by Mohammed Daraghmeh for Associated Press, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
RAMALLAH, West Bank – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a defiant message to a U.S. envoy on Saturday, saying that the world would have to learn to live with a new coalition between his
Fatah movement and the Islamic militant Hamas.
The alliance has raised concerns in the United States, and American officials have told Abbas they would shun any Palestinian government that does not explicitly recognize Israel, according to Abbas’ aides. The platform of a Hamas-Fatah government agreed at a meeting in Mecca last week only contains a vague promise to “respect” previous peace deals with Israel, at best implying recognition.
“President Abbas told David Welch that the Mecca agreement was the only possible agreement and the world must deal with it,” Abbas’ aide Nabil Abu Rdeneh said, after the meeting in Ramallah with Welch, a senior State Department official. Abbas is to host Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Sunday and attend a three-way meeting Monday with Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
“In the three-way meeting with Olmert and Rice, President Abbas is going to say that this government should be given a chance.” Abu Rdeneh said.
How many chances? How many chances has it already been given? How many times has it already shown its true colors?