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Abbas reportedly told Obama’s envoy Mitchell that he will push for the Goldstone report to be sent to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, despite his previous promise to the contrary.

Abbas is in a tough bind. Obama does not care about the report and the Hague: the potential benefit, that the ICC’s investigation would make Israelis more amenable to his peace demands, is balanced by the possibility that Afghanis might drag US soldiers to the ICC for similar actions.
But Abbas faces a problem with the Israelis, who promised to make public the tapes on which he can be heard pushing Olmert and Barak to continue the war in Gaza to topple Hamas.
Palestinian public opinion is pushing Abbas in the opposite direction, to support the Goldstone report. Not that common West Bankers really care about Israeli “atrocities” in Gaza, but their leaders, who dislike Abbas, are fueling the outcry.
Hamas benefits by heating the public outrage against Abbas. If Israel releases the tapes, Hamas will be able to brand Abbas as a collaborator—which is no big news, since everyone knows that he is. Hamas is using the Abbas-Goldstone issue to extract more concessions from Fatah at unity talks in Cairo.

Ada YonathWhen Israeli media salivated over the Nobel Prize for local scientist Ada Yonath, we refrained from spoiling the show by commenting on her ultra-left outlook, which is typical for Israeli academia.

Speaking to the Army Radio, Yonath demanded that Israel release all the 11,000 Palestinian terrorist inmates. According to this loony, if we release them, the Palestinians will lose an incentive to fight us.

Evidently the Nobel Prize is not given for any proficiency in logic, otherwise Yonath would have asked herself why the Palestinians were killing us before the first of their terrorists landed in an Israeli jail.

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