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Daybreak: Abbas Rejected Offer to Free Prisoners

Plus ultra-Orthodox protest IDF draft changes in New York City, and more

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (L) listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) during an East Room statement at the White House on the first day of the Middle East peace talks September 1, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

• The Times of Israel reports that last year Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to free 50 Palestinian prisoners, held since the 1990s, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer. Abbas is currently asking that all 107 of the pre-Oslo prisoners be released before peace talks are renewed. [Times of Israel

• An anti-Hezbollah protester was killed in Beirut after a reported clash between protestors and Hezbollah supporters. [NYT]

• Nearly 30,000 Orthodox Jews gathered in Foley Square in downtown Manhattan to protest recent efforts by the Israeli government to draft ultra-Orthodox men into the IDF. [Forward]

• This weekend’s fire bombing attacks on two kosher restaurants, as well as a home in a largely Jewish residential area, weren’t anti-Semitic attacks, Montreal’s Jewish federation says. [JTA]

• The U.S. government found the diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a top Nazi aide and one of Hitler’s closest confidants, which sheds light on Nazi policy and the German occupation of the Soviet Union. [Reuters]

• Google celebrates what would have been Maurice Sendak’s 80th birthday with a whimsical Google Doodle to honor the children’s writer and illustrator. [Slate]

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Beatrix17 says:

Erekat was Arafat’s peace negotiator. He turned down every Israeli peace offer under Arafat and continues to do so under Abbas. Abbas was Arafat’s propagandist. He leads the Palestinians in propaganda, at which they’ve become exceptionally proficient.

Abbas has not been a good political leader, however, which is why his people have stopped voting for him. The West tried to groom Fayyad for leadership, but he lacked support. The Palestinian people want Barghouti, which could be
dangerous for the West. And Israel. The American government is still backing Abbas, but makes no demands on him.

The Palestinian leader has to work with Israel, and Abbas would be betraying his own propaganda if he did. Abbas can’t lead a nation of 10 million Palestinians, which includes the people in camps, (he can’t even lead the West Bank) and so, he’ll continue to refuse peace offers from Israel, but will collect billions from the UN and the West just as his boss Arafat did. As in Arafat’s time, much of this money will wind up in the leader’s pockets.

If there were peace, the UN would lose billions, which they’re paid for running Palestinian camps. And America continues to deal with this issue with all the innocence of first year, liberal college students.


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