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    • steve
    • 20.10.11 | 04:35 (IST)

    There are parts of Israeli govt who want to strengthen Hamas vis a vis Abbas. Best way to ensure Israel does not give up more land. And Hamas ultimately is no serious threat to Israel and both sides know it. Just a foil. Hamas and Likud have a marriage of convenience If Netanyahu were serious about a peace agmt, he would offer Abbas 1250-1500 Palestinian prisoners in return for negotiations without preconditions on settlements etc.. Doing it this way with Hamas just ensures more Israeli soldiers will get kidnapped but Netanyahu IMO does not care since Israel can always arrest another 1000 Palestinians under current situation. It's all about the land, not the soldiers

    from the article: Diplomatic sources: Shalit deal hurt chances of renewing Israel-Palestinian talks
    First published 21:16 19.10.11 | Last updated 21:16 19.10.11
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