Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Today's example of Abbas' moderation

From Ma'an:
The Palestinian Authority would "not leave Gaza or the West Bank to Hamas or others,” President Mahmoud Abbas told the Kuwait-based daily newspaper Ar-Ray on Tuesday.

The interview followed one in the Ramallah-based Al-Ayyam newspaper on Monday, where Abbas said that if he was forced to concede on key issues such as refugees or borders during the next round of direct negotiations with Israel, he would "pack my bags and leave."
MEMRI translates the Al Ayyam piece (h/t Joel):
PA President Mahmoud 'Abbas stated in Tunisia that he would not relinquish any of the Palestinian's basic principles, and that he would resign before abandoning the right of return.
Is the insistence on the "right of return" Elephant #17?