Gaza war could lead to Abbas’s return and new hopes for Palestinian-Israeli peace

By Griff Witte, Sudarsan Raghavan, August 8, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank — As war raged in Gaza for the past month, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was a mere bystander.

Routed from the coastal territory by Hamas seven years ago, the relatively moderate Abbas has been confined ever since to the hills of the West Bank, unable to even visit a place that he claims as one half of a future Palestinian state.

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