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    • Tosefta
    • 20.06.07 | 20:45 (IDT)

    You have acted boldly by dismissing the Hamas government and declaring a state of emergency. Hamas may not have expected that, and is already calling for some accommodation with you. What you ought to remember is that your highest goal is to arrive at an acceptable peace agreement with Israel. You must design all your actions to achieve this goal. The first question you should ask yourself is whether Israel is ready for peace terms acceptable to your people. My impression is that Olmert is not ready yet, having in mind the "wall" as a permanent border. You have to get the US to pressure Olmert. Bush is also under some pressure, by history. His time is short and his legacy so far is terrible. Denying him a chance for success at peace making is your power over him. Make it clear to him that the Taba talks, the last peace talks held with Israel, should serve as the initial point for negotiations. If he refuses, tell him that you will reach an accommodation with Hamas and form a new unity government. If Bush refuses, let it be so. Olmert might fall as a result and perhaps Livni will replace him. She will be more flexible with you. If new elections occur in Israel, Barak will also have a chance at winning and then back to Taba you go. In any case, remember that the US is not an independent mediator; it is heavily influenced by Israel and its American friendly influentials. You are putting yourself in trouble if you rely only on the US as mediator. Better start developing more European support and involvement. You can start by telling Rice that trilateral summit meetings (with her too) are not acceptable. She is wasting your time. Either have a European involved as well, in a quadrilateral meeting, or some independent mediator only. The least that will happen is that you will empower the Europeans, so that by the time George Bush is out of office the next administration will be more realistic. Better appear tough with the Americans before your people. Being considered a lackey is a weakness which Hamas might exploit in the West Bank as well. And take care of your personal security. Your life is in danger.

    from the article: Abbas: No dialogue with 'murderous terrorists' in Hamas
    First published 00:00 20.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 20.06.07
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