Abbas Stumbles at Home Despite Palestine Recognition Gains Abroad

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee meeting, Ramallah, April 18, 2015 (AP photo by Fadi Arouri).
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee meeting, Ramallah, April 18, 2015 (AP photo by Fadi Arouri).
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Earlier this month, a few days after the Holy See finalized a treaty to formally recognize Palestine as a state, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican, where Pope Francis set off a minor frenzy, including criticism from Israelis, by calling Abbas “an angel of peace.” It wasn’t much of a controversy, in the end, though Israel remains opposed to the Vatican’s official recognition of Palestinian statehood, which is another step in Abbas’ efforts to secure more international recognition of Palestine, even as Israel’s occupation of the West Bank appears more permanent and its blockade of Gaza continues. But Abbas’ […]

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