Originally Posted by Michael in Toronto
Well, it actually might have helped.
Those governments wanting to bolster Abbas' popularity, as compared to Hamas, might be supporting his initiative, in order to show that he can do more for the Palestinians peacefully than Hamas can do through "struggle".
Personally, I don't think the Palestinians have really thought this through. I still think real (measurable and pragmatic) success for the Palestinians will come through negotiations and a deal with Israel.
Yep. If they would remain peaceful and negotiate in good faith I think they would get almost everything they want.