Though it will not bring the Palestinians any closer to achieving an actual state, Abbas was convinced that his appearance at the U.N. podium in New York on Thursday would give him a much-needed boost among the Palestinian people. Resurrecting his persona would be better served by Arab countries encouraging Abbas to return to direct talks with Israel. But that is not likely to happen. Neglect of Abbas and the PA began with the Oct. 23 visit to Gaza of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of Qatar. The first head of state to visit Hamas-ruled Gaza, the emir embraced Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and proclaimed his support for Hamas. Not one word was spoken about peace with Israel.