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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Nathan Thrall
After bitter rival Hamas held its own in a fierce battle with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to override U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine next week, his aides said Friday.
"Abbas was truly isolated before this, and this (Gaza) conflict looks like a disaster for him," he said.
The Gaza fighting sharpened trends already evident before, said analyst Nathan Thrall of the International Crisis Group think tank.