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posted on October 4, 2012

At The New York Times, Shmuel Rosner writes about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ U.N. speech last week. Despite reports that Abbas promised Jewish-American leaders that he would show more sensitivity to Jewish claims to Jerusalem in his speech, Rosner finds Abbas’ speech to be a “disappointment.” Abbas only made a “subtle acknowledgement” of the importance of Jerusalem to Judaism. Rosner observes the implications of this “rhetorical trick” for future relations: “If after asking Jewish leaders to watch his speech, Abbas could only give them this meek acknowledgment of their ties to Israel, the long road to peace may be very long indeed.” 

Read at The New York Times