Dear Mr. Abbas, You have gone along with the Olmert approach of you satying away from any dealings with Hamas, and negotiating with Olmert some realistic parameters for ending the conflict. Hamas was claiming all along that nothing will come of the talks and following conference, and they are likely to be proven right. You may soon look like a fool in the eyes of the Palestinians. Let me suggest to you a few steps: 1. Explain the situation to Bush and tell him that the only way to salvage the approach is to pressure Olmert into some real concessions. If this does not work, tell Bush that you will not be going to Washington and will look to the Europeans for further progress. 2. Assuming that the Bush conference is dead, I suggest you respond to the Hamas suggestions to mend the break with them. Meet Haniyeh in Mecca again, and see the Saudis help you once again. Do not expect that the Gaza situation will be back to what it was, but you should be able to get back some authority, including border control. Let the interior be run by a new government (of experts; no need for politicians right now). 3. Work on the Europeans to recognize the new government of experts and start pressuring Israel, including economic pressure. Try to get a cease fire with Israel which should include the West Bank. Then work to have the Olmert government collapse. You can say that he will not bring peace. This should be your main approach. Show Israelis that you give them hopes and Olmert does not. He will make your life harder, perhaps, but he will fall soon. Good luck.
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