Sorry, ODP, but I totally disagree with you. Meshal is the (inofficial) head of Hamas, even if he is speaking out of Damaskus, which means, like it or not, that he is speaking for those Palestinians who elected Hamas. But that's not even the point. If you have a statement like this coming out from one of your most important enemies and you are not at least activating your diplomatic channels, well then I'm afraid you are a hope- less case, or even worse, you are showing no serious interest into making progress. I can't help but the whole thing reminds me only too much on the total ignoring of the Saudi-initiative. Israel can bring many valid excuses, especially regarding Hamas, but as a Swiss, I tell you one thing: For not at least trying to talk there is never an excuse.
- 12:43 PM
from the article: PM dismisses Meshal comments that Israel's existence is a reality