Abbas has learned from history, and so did Hamas. Israel should learn too - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    "Hamas would respect any peace deal reached between Israel and Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, provided it is approved in a global Palestinian referendum, the top Hamas official in Gaza said Wednesday. In a rare news conference for foreign media, Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of Gaza's Hamas government, staked out seemingly pragmatic positions. He said Hamas seeks dialogue with the West and wants to be "part of the solution, not the problem." Assoc. Press (2 Dec. 2010)// Hamas had these positions for some years now, expressed years before by Meshaal and repeated recently. Hamas will even agree to peace, if the Palestinians vote for it. This change in Hamas' implacable initial position resulted from world pressure which caused an evolutionary change so as to make Hamas survivable (see Darwin). The US still refrains from contacts with Hamas, which is a mistake, caused probably by AIPAC pressure. But this too will change, although slooowly. Israel of course will be the last to recognize the change. A similar story occured with the PLO. The US started talking with Arafat in 1988. It took Israel four more years, until Shamir's Likud government was replaced by Rabin. Unfortunately, by that time Hamas was already in full swing and would become a challenge to the PLO. Late understanding has its price, including the present rocket attacks and future ones.

    from the article: Mahmoud Abbas' crucial message to Israel
    First published 16:45 02.11.11 | Last updated 16:45 02.11.11
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