Barack Obama is watching this. Vladimir Putin did what he has not done, visited Israel and Palestine, and met with both Netanyahu and Abbas. Putin shrugged off anti-Iran demands from Netanyahu and Shimon Peres and made it clear that Palestinian statehood is fine with him.
Putin praised Abbas for what he said was the PA’s “responsible” position in its negotiations with Israel, and said Russia has no problem recognizing a Palestinian state. “We did so 25 years ago and our position has not changed,” he said.
Putin also offered veiled criticism of Israel, saying unilateral action “is not constructive.”…
“We [Abbas and I] talked about ways of overcoming the dilemma of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” Mr. Putin said Tuesday. “I point out here the responsible position of President Abbas and his endeavour to reach a peaceful settlement based on a two-state settlement.”
When is the last time Obama even spoke to Abbas? (Thanks to Ilene Cohen)