"So he is softening his stand on Israel to impress Assad.Wont work.Hamas is history." - Ronnie Ronnie's imagination tends to run way ahead of events. Assad is speaking peace? He made an offer which Israel refused. For this one does not make changes that are irreversible, such as Hamas changing basic stands. There is another reason for the Meshal change. It strikes me as an attempt to lift the siege and gain European support. Be that as it may, If Syria makes peace with Israel, Hizballah will lose its ability to receive weapons from Iran. It will have to become a political party only. That does not mean that Iran will not support them financially, but not militarily. How will it affect the Palestinians? Meshal, and other Palestinian rejectionist organizations, such as the PFLP and others, will be kicked out of Syria, and no longer in the immediate area close to Palestine. It means being ineffective. They will also lose training grounds and troops in Lebanon. In addition, much of the weapons reaching Hamas come thru Lebanon. (Boats bring them over or to Egypt.) Iran is too far. So there will be less weapons for Hamas. Overall, being the LAST in the confrontation with Israel, puts pressure to make a deal, as such pressure existed in the past (Rabin and Barak days) when Israel was making progress in peace talks with Syria.
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from the article: PM dismisses Meshal comments that Israel's existence is a reality