A comparable situation in Iraq - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Gurion
    • 13.02.06 | 19:49 (IST)

    "Mr. Jaafari's surprise victory [for PM] illustrated the growing political power of Mr. Sadr, who led two bloody uprisings against the American occupation and the interim government in 2004...In recent visits to Iran and Syria, Mr. Sadr has expressed solidarity with the leaders of those countries and angry opposition to American policy toward them. Mr. Sadr also commands the Mahdi Army, a broad-based militia that has been largely quiet since 2004 but is still armed and is said to be behind some recent deadly attacks on British troops in Basra." - New York Times We will have an Iraqi PM essentially elected by an "armed terrorist". Is the Hamas situation different? As long as they do not engage in terrorism, they should be legitimate for talks. This is the Russian position now. Wouldn't be surprised if the US realizes it soon too. (My tactical preference: Pretend Hamas is no good and TALK WITH ABBAS. Otherwise, Israel is wasting time and will eventually have to talk with Hamas.)

    from the article: Don't boycott the Palestinians
    First published 00:00 13.02.06 | Last updated 00:00 13.02.06
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