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    • Tosefta
    • 06.08.07 | 19:44 (IDT)

    If Israel is not clever enough, it will end up having to go into Gaza again, and fight house to house in order to clean up the place. A Hamastan next to Israel is too dangerous and intolerable. But we know that things were BETTER until recently, and this leads to the idea that recreating even a shadow of the past is the way to go. Until recently the PA had a National Unity government, with Hamas feeling pressure from the world and moderating as a result. Hamas agreed to let Abbas negotiate with Israel over the '67 borders, agreed to put the deal to a referendum, and even agreed to impose a cease fire on the smaller terror group in return for a cease fire in the West bank too. These were the good old days. The expectation was that Hamas could moderate further. There was already talk about this being the end result. Indeed, a clause in a peace deal should have included a prohibition on any party not recognizing the peace deal to participate in political life. Letting Abbas negotiate with Hamas now about a government of experts (as exists today, but with some Hamas sympathizers) in return for at least border guards in Gaza under Abbas, while still preserving the Prisoners' Document with all its Hamas concessions will be an improvement. Without it, Hamas may even try to torpedo peace talks. One may ask: What if Hamas does not allow a referendum at the end? Well, then we are not in a good situation as before, but at least Hamas will lose face and we will still have a peace deal. In return for peace a Gaza operation will be worthwhile. On the other hand, Hamas may indeed moderate further. There is only possible gain here.

    from the article: If Hamas isn't in the game
    First published 00:00 06.08.07 | Last updated 00:00 06.08.07
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