A New Season of Palestinian Protest Challenges Both Israel and Abbas

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The Arab League is talking about Syria; Israel and the U.S. are talking about Iran. Nobody in the corridors of power, these days, is talking about the Palestinians. In part, that reflects the shifting geopolitical sands and the effectiveness of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in changing the subject — when he came to Washington to meet with newly elected President Barack Obama in 2009, Netanyahu wanted to talk about Iran, but Obama insisted he talk about settlements and the Palestinians; when Netanyahu met Obama in Washington three weeks ago, Iran dominated the agenda. But the Palestinians have also fallen off the geopolitcal radar because their leaders have followed a strategy that allows them to be ignored— they simply aren’t presenting Israel, the U.S. or the Arab states with a problem of sufficient magnitude to require attention. But that may be about to change — and at the expense of Palestinian…

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