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    • Tosefta
    • 11.03.07 | 16:45 (IST)

    A few days ago Livni said that Israel will not accept the Saudi plan unless the demand on Palestinian refugee is removed. Now that it is clear that this will not be removed Israel moves to other preconditions: If the new Palestinian government will not accept the Quartet's preconditions, there will not be peace talks with Abbas, and no contact even with moderate Fatah members of the government. The good news, Olmert will meet with Abbas regularly, but no peace talks. So what will they talk about, the weather? I don't understand the logic. Israel is negotiating with the PLO, not with the pA government. Why not negotiate peace with Abbas (head of the PLO) and then have a referendum, as provided by the PA national unity government agreement? It seems all these preconditions are a device to delay real talks. Maybe Abbas will die, maybe Bush will die, or maybe Olmert will lose his seat? (I am trying to be delicate here.)

    from the article: Hamas: No connection between Shalit release, formation of unity gov't
    First published 00:00 11.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 11.03.07
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