Open up the Rafah Crossing - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 18.09.05 | 12:00 (IDT)

    An orderly border calls for the Rafah crossing to open up. Even the Israelis are getting wiseing up to this. With the Rafah crossing open as an International border crossing with custom officers etc, the PA could inspect on their side and the Egyptians could do the same on their side, because neither sees rearming the Hamas, Jihad, Al-Aqsa etc as in their interest. With the current situation the border is fast becoming -no border and the ability to cage in their own citizens, due to a closed Rafah crossing, seen as stooges for the Israelis. So OPEN UP the Rafah Crossing. Then anybody that would like to come or go will be able to do so under inspection by the Egyptins/PA and the rest of the border could be closed as any other border. As for Hamas running in the elections, well look at Iraq where the US/Shiates is begging, YES begging, the Sunni insergents to participate in the elections and drafting of the constitution. So one can see the why the US is making their voices heard to the Israelis about laters reluctancy to allow for the Hamas to participate in the upcoming elections. The fact of the matter is that the Hamas don't want to win and wouldn't know what to do with a victory, they simply aren't prepared or able to mantle such victory. However the Hamas do not want to be sidelined but to play an important part in the future as they have played an important part in the past. After all it is a religious grouping and the PA seen as the secular grouping. It is in the hands of the Israelis, if Sharon were to state his intentions of putting an "end to the occupation that started in 1967" then Abbas would be strengthen in that "This is the way to freedom", but as long as Israel keeps on building and expanding settlements and making noices to the part of "No Jerusalem, No refugees, No "end to the occupation that started in 1967", then the Hamas is neeeded, because the 'Arafat Minimum' is after all a Free and Independent Palestine outside the Green Line, with East Jerusalem as it's capital and an amicable solution to the refugees pligth and to that not even Abbas can say anything. The facts that Israel do not recognize the Hamas and the Hamas do not recognize Israel is another thing that has to be solved. The moderates have to be shown to be serious about negotiating "an end to the occupation that started in 1967" or the 1948 borders will be the ones being brought up for discussion.

    from the article: Of course, Egypt is to blame
    First published 00:00 18.09.05 | Last updated 00:00 18.09.05
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