there are amazing similarities between the israeli and the palestinian politics. the inevitable question is: Why a fatah-led government cannot have Hamas in it, like the israeli government has in it the religious parties, shas, etc.? of course, it can. bib & co. wasted two years and now they have to face a worse situation. The idea that fatah doesn't want peace because ... it made peace w. hamas is ridiculous. Hamas would have to abandon violence, of course. And Israel has to understand that they are caught up in a losing game. The only policy that makes sense is REALLY go for peace w. the palestinians. In september the UN will recognize a palestinian state, and Israel cannot afford growing isolation and becoming a pariah state.
Thousands protest outlawing of Islamic Movement in Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Palestinian reconciliation could work to Israel's advantage