Will 2016 Be the Year of Abbas Diplomacy?

Any early-January look ahead to the year in international politics would be incomplete without acknowledging the boldest diplomatic move of the year just ended. That move came when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stole the spotlight from far more visible diplomats John Kerry, Mohammed Zarif and Sergey Lavrov by threatening unilateral withdrawal from the Oslo Accords. Speaking to the United Nations’ General Assembly on September 30, Abbas announced, “We cannot continue to be bound by these signed agreements.” His speech was met withskepticism, laughter and counter-threats, but also a serious question: “When did the Palestinian Authority ever adhere to the Oslo Accords?”

  • Exile1981

    Islam makes it clear that muslims must break treaties with infidels as soon as they have the upper hand.

  • Minicapt

    Abu Mazen? Hillary Clinton? Choice is hard these days.


  • Norman_In_New_York

    I hope Israel calls his bluff.