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Netanyahu's rejectionist policies forced Abbas' hand

The current Israeli government does not want peace if the price is the evacuation of even a few settlements.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York September 26, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR47UHT
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is everyone’s favorite punching bag. True, his speech at the UN General Assembly meeting Sept. 26 was vitriolic, irritating and infuriating in the continued use of the word “genocide.” With that said, although it's convenient to have someone to beat up, one should still speak the truth.

After the June 12 abduction of three Jewish youths on the West Bank, Abbas spoke with courageous moderation against the despicable act in contrast to the prevailing mood of his nation. In response, did he hear even one good word from the government of Israel?

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