Meet the new Abbas

Today’s excellent Wall Street Journal editorial reminds me of a point I overlooked in writing about the absurd United Nations nonmember observer state Palestine. It represents another broken promise:

In effect, the General Assembly voted to violate the 1993 Oslo Accords, which are the legal basis for Mr. Abbas’s Palestinian Authority and require negotiations with Israel to create a state. When the world next asks Jerusalem to take “risks for peace,” Israelis will know that countries such as France (which voted for the resolution) and Germany (which abstained) will not have their backs.

To paraphrase the great Who song, as surely someone must have done before me: meet the new Abbas, same as the old Abbas.


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