Abbas declares state of emergency, dissolves government

This is bad news for everyone, especially the Palestinian people who are in for more misery. In the coming weeks I suspect we will hear quite a lot of discussions about not only the failures of Abbas but also the failures of the US, EU and Israel in working together. Putting Abbas in impossible situations, doomed to fail, has only provided benefit to the extremist Hamas. We do not need posturing, we need a pragmatic plan but such ideas never seem to fit with this administration.

As if the situation in the region was not bad enough with Iraq, we are facing a civil war among the Palestinians and a very dangerous and violent situation in Lebanon. Our policies towards the Middle East have never looked as bad as they do today and it is hard to imagine this administration having any ability to turn things around or even slow the tide.


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