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Abbas was also a huge disappointment.Abbas was "ready to put his state's security in American hands," Indyk told the institute. The Palestinian leader accepted that his future state would be disarmed, but he had previously argued that after Israeli troops left the Jordan Valley, say five years hence, border security would be guaranteed by NATO (a solution that Israel, mistrustful of the Europeans, opposed). U.S. negotiators saw it as a big concession, but Israel opposed that, too.U.S. officials sensed that Abbas was in such a deep funk about "that man," as he privately called Netanyahu, that he simply wanted out.If this happens, Abbas says he will dissolve the Palestinian Authority – and insist that Israel pay the $3 billion cost and endless headaches of governing 2.5 million Palestinians.Optimists think this might provide reality therapy, showing that Israel can only survive as a healthy Jewish state if a Palestinian state exists, too.
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