Insistent intransigence

Israelis are desperate for peace and willing to take risks for its achievement, but only if they are given reason to believe in a genuine accommodation.

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May 23, 2011 22:53
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PA President Abbas with Hamas PM Haniyeh

PA President Abbas with Hamas PM Haniyeh 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

 
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Palestinian reactions to US President Barack Obama’s State Department and AIPAC speeches indicate that the president’s admirable goal of encouraging another attempt at Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation has a very slim prospect of success.

As was expected, Obama’s demand that Hamas recognize Israel was rejected outright. The terrorist organization’s spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, told the Ma’an news agency that the US “will fail” in convincing Hamas “to recognize occupation.” Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has insisted on maintaining the unity deal with Hamas. Over the weekend Abbas’s official spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, dismissed US and Israeli opposition to the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation accord between Fatah and Hamas, saying this was an internal Palestinian affair.

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