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    • Mike Brown
    • 26.02.07 | 22:02 (IST)

    As a realist, I would like to reject Gen. Rubisntein's assessment. 1.Indeed, no Palestinian (or Arab) accepts the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. However, any public poll will reveal that Palestinians do not accept the very existence of Israel, anywhere. One cannot bring what Palestinians say in part. If you listen to some of what they say, do yourself a favor and listen to all they say! 2.The difference between Fatah and Hamas is a tactical one. Fatah'S recognition of Israel is not genuine. Their end goal (in reference to Israel) is identical. 3.There are independent Palestinian militant fractions who don't accept neither Fatah's nor Hamas's leadership. As the latest clashes demonstrate, they will destroy any agreement that these two will sign with Israel. 4.As long as there is no unified leadership accepted by all Palestinians, there can be no stability of any form.

    from the article: In the heart of Palestinian consensus
    First published 00:00 26.02.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.02.07
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