Abbas states the obvious, but the phrasing hides the unpleasant alternatives - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 16.09.10 | 16:26 (IST)

    "We all know there is no alternative to PEACE through negotiations". Indeed, before peace there must be negotiations. But there are other stages before negotiations, if these become necessary, and Abbas knows them well. One is "resistance", an armed conflict. Hamas is still in that stage and the PLO was there too and may have to return to it if the present negotiations do not succeed. Indeed, only because of Palestinian "resistance" was any progress made so far with the Palestinians. Because of the First Intifada Israel realized that it will not be possible to control the Palestinians forever, and went to the Oslo agreement. The Second Intifada got Likud split and Sharon evacuated Gaza. At least Netanyahu of the remaining Likud has seen the writing on the wall (if he is honest) and is pursuing talks. If the talks fail, we all know that there are a few alternatives.

    from the article: Abbas: No alternative to peace talks, we will continue efforts
    First published 13:53 16.09.10 | Last updated 13:53 16.09.10
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