The photo has now made the rounds of the news services: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu shake hands, a gesture not seen for years that generated headlines referring to a possible thaw and resumption of talks between the two sides.
Things are actually quite different. The clash between the PNA leader and the Israeli Prime Minister is not finished and the two sides will continue to exchange harsh accusations. Friday, we spoke with the analyst Ghassan al Khatib, professor of political science at the University of Bir Zeit, West Bank, about this and the meaning of Barack Obama’s eulogy to Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.
Abu Mazen was the only Arab leader to attend Peres’ funeral, a choice that disappointed many Palestinians.
Abu Mazen was not in an easy position. He was caught between two fires. He knew that Western leaders were expecting to see him today (Friday) in Jerusalem. Probably he thought that being at Peres’ funeral would improve his image and raise the profile of the Palestinian cause on the international scene.