'Palestinians divided over peace'

Ex-PA minister: Answer may be in rocket attacks and continued suicide bombings.

fatah  hamas clash 298.8 (photo credit: AP [file])
fatah hamas clash 298.8
(photo credit: AP [file])
Palestinians are divided over whether a peace agreement is possible with Israel, or if the real solution lies in continued rocket attacks and suicide bombings, former Palestinian foreign minister Nabil Shaath said in an interview with the Tunisian newspaper A-Sabah published on Thursday. According to the report, Shaath also said that negotiations have failed to bring about a Palestinian state, and that this was in part due to Israel's unwillingness to cooperate. "There still remain issues that need to be resolved, such as Jerusalem, refugees, and the occupation," Shaath was quoted as saying. Further, Shaath called on Arab states to help in the creation of a unity government, and he accused Iran of fanning the flames in the fight between Fatah and Hamas. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to visit Israel this weekend in hopes of breaking the deadlock on the stalled peace process. In speaking of her upcoming visit to the region, US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters over that Rice believed 'there is a potential opening here to make progress on the issue of a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security.'