Abbas needs to be replaced

A-little-noticed Reuters item published January 10 reported that Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, has rejected a conditional Israeli offer to let Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria resettle in the West Bank and Gaza, because it would compromise their “right of return” to homes in Israel lost during the 1948 War.

According to this report, Israel agreed to allow refugees’ descendants to resettle in Gaza and the West Bank on the condition they sign a statement waiving the right of return to Israel. Abbas rejected this condition and reportedly said: “It’s better they die in Syria than give up their right of return.