Arresting moderates like the speaker of the Palestinian parliament is designed to provoke a violent response. Israel will then 'relatiate' against the 'terrorists' and use the violence of the Palestinians as justification to avoid any kind of dialogue or negotiation. It's the same type of provocative policy as the resuming of assassinations when things go quiet. Israel will do anything to silence the moderate voice in Palestinian politics. The Israeli leadership is surely aware of the moderates in Hamas trying to reach a modus vivendi with Fateh and slowly preparing their supporters for the two state solution. It is all wilfully ignored by Israel as was the offer of peace made by all the Arab states at the Beirut summit of 2002. The reason is simple: the Israeli leadership prefers land over peace and is prepared to sacrifice its own citizens on the altar of blind greed.
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