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Abbas merits plaudits for his role in working toward accord

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The Globe rightly lends support to Secretary of State John Kerry’s effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian agreement (“Kerry’s tenacious diplomacy offers hope for Mideast peace,” Editorial, Jan. 3). But why knock Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly in your analysis? Abbas has largely kept the peace for years now and is committed to using nonviolent means to end the conflict. He is also exhibiting a dogged commitment to Kerry’s nine-month negotiation timetable even though many of his people, despairing in the face of relentless Israeli settlement expansion, believe that the current talks are a sham. Abbas deserves encouragement, not criticism.

Edward Goldstein

Newton Centre