HAMAS (GOLDSTONE ASSIST) 1- PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY 0
Goldstone must be pleased. He strengthened Iran's terrorist proxy, Hamas and weakened PA. Not wishing to hand Hamas a victory and hoping to use the delay as a valuable card in his negotiations with Israel, Abbas sought to delay consideration of the Goldstone report. Hamas accused it of betrayal and the Palestinian street took it's side. Abbas gave in. Now the ball is in the American court. Will it exercise its veto power at the Security Council? At what price?
One senior Palestinian politician, Yasser Abed Rabbo, has said the leadership had erred by seeking the deferral of the debate at the Human Rights Council until next March.
"We must say a mistake has been made. This mistake should not be underestimated or concealed," he said in a radio interview.
Many Palestinians have expressed outrage at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for seeming to let Israelis off the hook following Goldstone's trenchant criticism of Israel's blockade of Gaza and attacks on its citizens.
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