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More likely Kerry is dictating to and pressuring the Palestinian presidency with the only option "to take" his proposal or "leave it," to be doomed either way, by its own people or by the U.S.-led donors to the PA. With friends like Kerry, Palestinian Abbas for sure needs no enemies.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas (left) & US Secretary of State John Kerry
(image by http://www.thenews.com.pk)
Ironically, Kerry's "ideas" create a solid political ground for a Palestinian consensus that would be an objective basis for ending the Palestinian divide and reviving the national unity between the PLO in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip as a prerequisite to be able to stand up to Kerry's "coup."
Such a development however remains hostage to a decision by President Abbas, who is still swimming against the national tide because he has made peacemaking through negotiations only the goal of his life and political career.
* Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Birzeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. Email address removed