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    • Ben Gurion
    • 09.02.06 | 14:46 (IST)

    Dear Yossi, I am glad to see that you are still pursuing the peace effort. And you have the correct first goal in mind: End of the corrupting occupation and end of the messianic dream of the settlers. (This will make peace achieveble on the Israeli side.) But you need to be more realistic about what is possible to get from Hamas. It will take Hamas a few years to moderate. People do not change their basic ideology overnight. It took Arafat and his PLO 20 years to recognize Israel. Although the pressure on Hamas as the ruling party will be greater now, they still need time to change. Abbas is willing to negotiate with Israel, and the Hamas is willing to let him. But it may very well be that, by the time agreement is reached, Hamas will not have moderated enough and will reject the agreement. According to your understanding, since the Palestinian side will not implement the agreement, there should be no talks with them. But this is a critical mistake, Yossi. (Continued)

    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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