Another Palestinian Mistake at the UN

During the Gaza War this summer, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas positioned himself as a picture of moderation. So why did he squander another peace opportunity with an incendiary UN speech?
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Abba Eban, Israel's legendary representative to the United Nations, once famously remarked that "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas proved Eban's point Friday, in an incendiary speech to the UN General Assembly in which he accused Israel of "a new war of genocide" against the Palestinian people.

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