In the interests of balanced reporting (which, as a blog, we are definitely not required to do), I thought we should cover this news, even as the Huffington Post attempts to move on from the soldier killings ASAP:
Speaking to a group of Jewish leaders in New York on Monday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas commented for the first time publicly on the killings of two Israeli soldiers in recent days, condemning the slayings.Hopefully he doesn't get in trouble with his people for "normalizing." That would be tragic.
Answering a question posed by former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright at a dinner hosted by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, Abbas condemned the murders of Sgts. Gal Gabriel Kobi and Tomer Hazan in separate incidents in the West Bank, as well as all instances of violence against citizens.