The basic error in the Rice-Olmert approach (for Lynn #45) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 25.11.07 | 21:51 (IST)

    Imagine what would have happened had Israel and US had the good sense to work with the Hamas Unity Government after its formation. Gaza of course would not have been detached from the West Bank without Hamas needing to fear a coup. But there would have been far better positive consequences: 1. Hamas suggested a cease fire in the West Bank (in addition to Gaza). In return, it pledged to impose it on the smaller terror groups. Abbas also made the pledge. Had this been done, Hamas and Fatah for the first time would have shown an ability to suppress terror. This is important for Israeli confidence in a peace deal, which now is non-existent. 2. Hamas was moderating its stand all along (as a result of international pressure), and started talking about the two state solution as their final objective. They agreed to Abbas negotiating with Israel and having a referendum on the deal. With Hamas having finally agreed to the 2-states, there would have been little danger of missiles from the West Bank. This is what is killing the real peace prospects today. In short, by bringing Hamas into the process, there could have been a realistic peace agreement, while now it can be done only in Dreamland. It is not too late. At least the Egyptians claim that this will be the basis of the conference. The Arabs should insist on it. What will help is that the Italian Prime Minister already suggests this, as well as some British MP`s. If Rice has a brain, she should pressure Olmert to encourage an Abbas-Hamas reconciliation. But we know that this is beyond her imagination.

    from the article: ANALYSIS / Attendance of Arab FMs is first victory of Annapolis
    First published 00:00 25.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 25.11.07
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