How Israel should deal with Gaza - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 25.06.07 | 04:21 (IDT)

    If Gaza continues to exist under Hamas' rule, the end will be that Israel will need to move in and clean up the place at the cost of hundreds of casualties. This is a very unappealing option. Let us recall that the situation before the recent coup was much better. Negotiations with Abbas could have taken place and a referendum was to follow an agreement. If this situation can be restored somewhat, it will be better than where we are today. Hamas actually wants to deal with Abbas, and will compromise for this privelege. They should be made to agree to the border areas being controlled by Abbas forces with the interior in the hands of Hamas, and should agree to the Prisoners' Document (which was in force previously). This will enable a referendum too. In return, Abbas should form a government of experts, as now, but this time with a Hamas cooperation. (Hamas called for this.) One could say: What if Hamas breaks its word at the end and does not allow a referendum, or its implementation? This may happen, but Hamas will lose face, Israel will have to move in, but in the meantime there will be better border control, and more tunnel exposures. In any case, nothing will be lost, only gained

    from the article: Let Gaza live
    First published 00:00 24.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 24.06.07
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