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    • Mark of Lewiston
    • 27.04.06 | 22:05 (IDT)

    Hi BG, It's clear that right now, neither Olmert nor Haniyeh are ready to talk to each other and both are intent on marginalizing Abbas. The US apparently views Abbas as a possible communication conduit, though. I suspect the Bush government will encourage 'Convergence' but view it as an interim step. They will not approve of keeping the Jordan Rift nor of the deeper enclaves currently under construction. Lastly, I don't think the Bush people will consider withdrawal of settlers, but not the IDF as a legitimate way of setting borders. Bush is a stubborn guy. He made public committments to a viable Palestinian state. It is difficult to see him agreeing to such a state with no outside borders on the West Bank or control of any of its resources. Given the lack of trust on both sides, if and when there ever is a final status agreement, it would probably be prudent that the final treaty stipulete that it be subject to a plebicite on both sides.

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    First published 00:00 27.04.06 | Last updated 00:00 27.04.06
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