ساينس مونيتور- 27/6/2007
بينما تريد إسرائيل و أمريكا
عزل حماس, فان بعض الدول العربية
ترى الحاجة إلى وجود وحدة بين
visions for Palestinians
the Israelis and US want to isolate Hamas, some Arab
states see need for Palestinian unity.
Murphy | Staff writer of The Christian
the Americans and Israelis want to continue to
strengthen Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his
secular Fatah Party against the Islamist Hamas in the
Gaza Strip, the Egyptian and Jordanian governments are
coming to view the need for a new Palestinian government
that reunites the two rivals.
Tuesday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who attended
a summit in Sharm el-Sheikh the day before with Mr.
Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and Jordanian
King Abdullah, told state TV that a Hamas-Fatah
reconciliation is inevitable.
believe that after a period of calm, especially as they
have a legislative assembly where [Hamas] has a
majority, an understanding between them is bound to come
about," he said.
comments followed days of harsh statements from Egyptian
officials – Mr. Mubarak had called the Hamas takeover
not that we like Hamas or anything they stand for or
what they've done in
Israel, Mr. Olmert's spokeswoman Miri Eisin did not rule
out negotiations with a Palestinian government that
includes Hamas, but said the movement would have to
recognize Israel's right to exist, forswear armed
struggle, and promise to abide by existing Palestinian
and Israeli agreements. "We've already said that we
would deal with a Palestinian government, including if
it had Hamas, if they would accept those three
international principles," she said.
Monday meeting in
Olmert has said he would like the roadblocks eased, the
Israeli security heads have been opposed and have
carried the day so far. Olmert's statement that no Fatah
members with "blood on their hands" will be
released appears to rule out a concession on Mr.
Barghouti: He's serving a life sentence in
who thinks they can strike a deal with half of the
Palestinian people is deluding themselves. Legitimacy
rests at the bottom, with the religious people, the
refugees. Hamas can provide that legitimacy. You need
them to maintain any agreement with
rush toward Fatah, because it's a pillar of sand,"
he says. "It's too corrupt, too confused, and
also says he thinks the two movements will patch things
up. "This isn't the end of the game, this is the
beginning of the game. Israelis shouldn't delude
themselves that the harsh words are indicative of the
long-term strategy of Fatah. I am sure within days or
within weeks they are going to talk to each other."
more right-wing Israeli view is that building up Abbas
is a waste of time, since he hasn't been able to stop
rocket attacks on
Israeli, a professor at
Sharm el-Sheikh conference was no more than a show. All
the pressures are on
Eisin said the Shalit issue has stood in the way of more
Palestinian prisoner releases and implied that until
Hamas did [Monday] is definitely within the lines of
their own cruelty. It's the same Hamas that took Shalit,
the same Hamas that took over the Gaza Strip, the same
Hamas who was in the government, and the same Hamas we
won't deal with," she said.
Javedanfar, a Middle East expert and author of "The
Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the
State of Iran," says Iran, which has provided
funding to Hamas, is pressuring the movement to reenter
unity talks, partially because the recent round of
fighting makes Iran look like it's fueling civil war
recent takeover of
Javedanfar also says he believes new unity talks are a
matter of time, but doesn't argue against helping Abbas
now as any increase in his popularity will give him more
leverage at the negotiating table.
Ilene R. Prusher contributed from
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