Abbas launches diplomatic war, but will it work?

January 10, 2015 11:30 AM

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Ramallah: Frustrated by the failure of US-brokered peace talks and under growing pressure from his people to confront the Israeli occupation, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is launching diplomatic war against Israel, betting on a risky campaign to fully “internationalize the struggle” by moving toward the United Nations and away from the United States.

As part of their strategy, which the Israelis have dubbed a “diplomatic intifada,” the Palestinians are seeking support for statehood from the international community via resolutions in the United Nations and European parliaments calling for the end of Israeli occupation within two years and the est...

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