"list of conditions for beginning negotiations: the establishment of a new PA government committed to the Quartet principles, primarily recognition of Israel; the implementation of the road map, which calls for the dismantling of the terrorist organizations; and the release of abducted soldier Gilad Shalit. Only if these conditions are fulfilled will Olmert invite Abu Mazen.." - Haaretz Olmert has a hard time learning from expereience. So far it seems he is willing to repeat all of his mistakes. The Roadmap was dead since its birth because the Palestinians refused to "dismantle terrorist organizations". Now that Hamas rules, what is the chance Hamas will agree to dismantle itself and other sister organizations? Even the Europeans understand that this cannot happen. They only demand nowadays "renouncing violence". This is also an unrealistic expectation. An organization fighting for national liberation does NOT renounce violence. At best, it agrees to hold fire while peace negotiations take place. (See the IRA.) The Spanish and French seem to be wisely reducing this demand and others. They will take any national government as long as they don?t explicitly say they are opposed to peace. Other Olmert delusions: 1. First the Palestinians should release Shalit. Mister, we are beyond gestures now. There is a DEAL cooking; the number of prisoners Israel releases will be agreed upon, as well as the order of release. 2. Israel will be generous and evacuate many settlements. No Palestinian leader, including Abbas, will agree to anything less than the 67 lines (up to territorial exchange). Olmert, think of the Shabaa farms and the Lebanese PM attitude to this (not Hizballah). Think of the are of Taba which Israel initially refused to return, and Mubarak?s attitude.
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