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Mahmoud Abbas's rise to Prime Minister and then President of Palistine was greeted by the US with hopes for peace in the middle east. A moderate who denounced terrorism, Abbas was willing to concede far more to negotiate peace than his predecessor Arafat. But it must be difficult to negotiate peace while his political rivals in Hamas preach a different course. Did Secretary of State Clinton underestimated said rivals when she stood with Netanyahu last week? Did she create insurmountable political problems for Abbas with Palestinians? Abbas announced yesterday that he will not seek reelection as the Palestinian President.

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