Although Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has proven bad for peace, the alternative is much worse, Jonathan Tobin writes in Commentary.
The notion of a “Palestinian Spring” in which West Bankers would rise up and throw out a corrupt Fatah would not lead to either democracy or peace, but a Hamas government that would be a formula for further instability and violence.
The best scenario they can hope for is a continuation of a situation where terrorism is under control. For that, as [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak argues, they need Abbas and Fatah. He may be an enemy, but under the current circumstances, he appears to be a necessary one. That’s a hard truth that both left-wing Israel-haters and Israeli right-wingers must make their peace with.