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    • British Leftie
    • 02.12.07 | 15:44 (IST)

    ..Abbas, on the other hand, has always been on the pragmatic, dovish side of Fatah. He was a leading voice in Fatah calling for peace talks with Israel and a two state solution. (He had a power struggle with Arafat over security when he was Prime Minister as he wanted to get the talks with Israel back on track and argued against violence -he resigned when Arafat refused and Israel refused to help him politically). He was the driving force behind the Oslo talks (as evidenced by the fact his signature was there for the Oslo signing). He has courted Israeli leftists and intellectuals long before Oslo. And he is a vocal critic of the second intifada. If he can negotiate an agreement with Israel which delivers what he needs to sell it to his people, and if he is giving sufficient support to do so, I believe that Abbas will face down the terrorist gangs and try his damnest to enforce a peace deal. Whether he is able to negotiate a good deal (this depends on Israel's goodwill), and..

    from the article: One PA - with Hamas
    First published 00:00 02.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.12.07
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