are we to assume that hamas is actually willing to compromise on core issues? such is difficult to believe given hamas recent acts and statements. the pa forces have stopped many courriers bringing cash from abroad to hamas. they are teachers, doctors, merchant who operate below the intelligence radar. at friday prayers at al aqsa mosque, attended by nearly two hundred thousand people, sheikh yusef abu sneineh criticised the re-launching of the middle east peace talks as a joke. hamas for its part declared: "Jerusalem will not be liberated by negotiations but by jihad and resistance."