One wonders if there is a general concern on the part of the west, Israel and indeed Abbas, that Hamas might succeed where the PA failed? 1.) The disarmament of the criminal clans within Gaza (in progress) 2.) Release of Shalit 3.) Release of Johnson 4.) Prevention of Quassams being fired towards Sderot and the Negev (there has been a reduction in attacks) Imagine we are six months from now. There is relative calm, trade has begun to pick up slightly, students can return to school/university and the single key demand that Olmert and the government has made, namely a complete cessation of Quassams has been met, what then? Does Israel talk? Does it continue with incursions? Does it continue to embargo the strip? My point is that for all of its faults, and there are many, Hamas might actually be a more reliable negotiating partner than Abbas and Fatah. Success on any or even all of the actions above will bring Hamas a degree of creditability beyond the walls and barbed wire.
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