The Fatah government rejected Mitchell entreaties to continue negotiations with Israel. Oddly, Palestinians feel free to refuse the pressure by the United States, their leading donor and supporter.

Though most commentators concentrate on the Palestinian demand for construction freeze in East Jerusalem, really important is their another demand: to start negotiations from December 2008. Then, Olmert offered Abbas the widest concessions ever, including destruction of dozens of Jewish villages and abandoning the Temple Mount to Muslim enemy.

Abbas wants more than that.

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