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    • Dilip Nirody
    • 09.02.06 | 09:06 (IST)

    Mr Beilin must certainly be a worthy gentleman. But if he expects Hamas to recognise Israel one may legitimately ask 'Why?' The prescription for a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel with a viable economy is a dead letter. It appears that separation is accepted across the Israeli political spectrum and that focus is on preserving a Jewish majority within Israel proper. Which leaves Palestinians high and dry. We won't even mention the half-million or so in Lebanon and their Purgatory (I doubt somehow that any Maronite would accept giving them Lebanese citizenship, or much of anybody else for that matter) The hardening is visible on the Palestinian side, of course. Were Hamas to recognise Israel's right to exist it'd be giving something for nothing. We have two sides talking past one another.

    from the article: The next political move
    First published 00:00 09.02.06 | Last updated 00:00 09.02.06
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