Abbas should not be expected to magically relieve the suffering of the Palestinian, but to preserve his credibility and his standing among the Palestinian people he needs to take action, not just make statements.
I have never been a peace negotiator, but as someone who will be profoundly affected by Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, I feel compelled to suggest basic rules of thumb for Palestinian negotiators. Otherwise a bleak future will be imposed on the youth of Palestine.
The good news is that Netanyahu has made everything so clear. He has no interest in peace, negotiations, any kind of territorial withdrawal or even freezing settlements. The only question left is what the Obama administration will do in response.
The spark most likely to reignite and inflame the Israel Palestinian "peace negotiations" is the pending plan of the Palestinian Leadership to seek admission of Palestine, as an independent "State" to the United Nations.
Without leadership to act in recognition of the danger the current stalemate poses, Israelis and Palestinians will continue blindly prolonging a conflict that appears manageable yet dangerously simmering.
Here we are, two and one half years into the Obama administration's efforts to resolve this matter, and the only creative ideas have come from the Palestinians, the weakest and most vulnerable party to the conflict.
In our new film Budrus, our protagonist, Ayed Morrar, achieved what policymakers and policy wonks believe to be impossible: He united Hamas, Fatah and Israeli allies to save his village from destruction.
It took 20 months to get each side to sit down again. It is imperative that both negotiating teams realize that they could be playing with the very last reserves of their respective peoples' faith in this process.
As Israelis, Palestinians and Americans stumble into the initial stages of negotiations, here are a couple of lessons culled from game theory and behavioral economics they would be wise to keep in mind.