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    • Mark of Lewiston
    • 18.12.07 | 17:00 (IST)

    At the time of the disengagement, there were no talks at all. The first invitation to talk with the Abbas government was an invitation to the locking-the-gate ceremony after the withdrawal was finalized. There was no orderly transition. There was no attempt to leave a viable government in place. Only afterwards, did the US even 'realize' that there was zero opportunity for economic viability in Gaza since there was no opportunity for entry of exit except at IDF indulgence. Months later, the Rafah agreement was first discussed. If that is Exit planning, it was planning for Gaza to not become a peaceful neighbor. Hamas had not one elected representative at the time. But since the PA and Fatah could claim no credit for diplomatically engaging Israel, Hamas was able to claim a victory.

    from the article: A Vietnam called Gaza
    First published 00:00 18.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 17.12.07
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