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    • Swiss (Dino)
    • 21.03.07 | 23:12 (IST)

    Ivo, thanks for your posts. Look, I don't want to defend Hamas in any way and I am not suggesting that Israel should talk directly to Hamas. I was proposing a bold Israeli offer (along the Geneva initiative) either presented to president Abbas or to the Palestinian people directly. Then Israel could sit back and let the Palesti- nians (hopefully by peaceful means) fight it out. If they accept it, great. If they refuse I could not blame Israel, if she would take unilateral steps. That might then also include a withdrawal from the West Bank, but probably not as much as the Palestinians might have liked it. But then the Palestinians would have to blame only themselves for having missed another opportunity. And I am also afraid, no more Dino effort on Haaretz Talkback by then...

    from the article: Israel to snub foreign envoys who meet with Hamas ministers
    First published 00:00 21.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.03.07
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