Final-status negotiations and the terror organisations - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 23.01.06 | 15:45 (IST)

    The palestinian state of affairs is in a mess. The reasons for this chaos and corruption are varied and not the topic of discussion here. The election results could produce an even more volitile environment, not only between Hamas and Fatah but between the disenchanted factions within Fatah. Working toward a final status negotiations could help this situation, but it seems unlikely. Olmert has declared his willingness to reach a final negotiated settlement and yet uses the same mantra that has prevented Israel from entering into those negotiations: "dismantling all terror first". This lets Olmert off the hook. And as his incentive to the palestinians to help create trust what is Olmert doing? Taking more land for colonist's expansion, reneging on the Jerusalem municipality's promise to the residents of Issawiya for building their new section of the town. Just mmore grabbing and when there is resistance to this theft, its called terror and unilateralism trumps any need for negotiations

    from the article: U.S. tells Israel it will shun PA gov't that includes Hamas
    First published 00:00 23.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 23.01.06
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