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    • Paul Freedman
    • 17.07.07 | 00:35 (IDT)

    We are at the stage where everybody already *is* talking to everybody at one remove, through intermediaries, even avowed enemies such as Israel and Hamas. So, messily, without ideological purity, everybody will continue to talk to everybody, with a little less buffer. That's all. And when the next all-parties sit-down is scheduled, despite his statements to the contrary, Abbas will be communicado with Haniyeh. This is what is happening. Now is now. Oslo is dead as a defined process but, when you think about it, so what? Israel cannot even think about reimposing a formal occupation on the West Bank much less Gaza and its system of containment: walls, barriers, restricted roadways, restricted access, artificial boundaries for existing settlements on the West Bank do not offer Israel a path to closure, to actual unconcested control of the West Bank. And, Israel is hardly an occupying force in Gaza, only contains. The "matzav" for Israel propels outreach.

    from the article: Abbas says he will only talk to Olmert about final status issues
    First published 00:00 16.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 16.07.07
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