This week is Mahmoud Abbas’ Arab spring moment.
The Palestinian leader, often dismissed as weak and powerless, is defying friends and foes and going straight to the UN Security Council with a request for recognition of Palestine as a state.
A risky strategy no doubt – everyone had advised him against a move that is certain to provoke a US veto: he appears to have been struck by the winds of change blowing through the Middle East. He knows that the upheaval requires bold moves if it is not to leave the beleaguered Palestinian Authority irrelevant, and confirm his presidency as another bleak chapter in Palestinian history. Read more