Abbas says he will not allow a third intifada to break out.  In response, Netanyahu said that Abbas’ words were empty.  At least that is what I am reading.  I try to be objective about Israel but situations like this just make me shake my head.  How long have Palestinians been in the West Bank?  How long has Abbas been in charge?  How many rockets have been launched from the West Bank as opposed to rockets from Gaza in that same timeframe?  Would this be true if Hamas was in control of the West Bank?  How much easier would life be for Israel if Abbas controlled Gaza and Hamas withdrew?  Doesn’t that say something about Abbas and the PA?    Perez seems to recognize the distinction.