April 20, 2004

THE WISDOM OF GIVING THEM NO CHOICE:

Hamas ready to cooperate, but only in Gaza Behind the cries for revenge, power sharing talks go on (Conal Urquhart, April 20, 2004, The Guardian)

Hamas said yesterday that it would stop attacking Israeli targets from Gaza if Ariel Sharon carried out his proposed withdrawal from the strip.

But it maintained its right to fight against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and retaliate for the assassination of its leaders.

Despite almost constant vows of revenge by mourners since the death of its leader, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, senior officials want to continue discussing with the Palestinian Authority how Hamas could take a political role when and if Israel evacuates 18 settlements in the strip and withdraws its troops.


What's going to surprise people--many of the same people who said Israel would never unilaterally create a Palestinian state--is how quickly Hamas subsides into a mainly political organization as it is forced to meet the day-to-day needs of a sovereign Palestinian people. And Arafat and the PLO are a dead letter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2004 7:32 AM
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OJ: your prediction will depend on Arafat's ability to locate and rat out Hamas leadership and IAF marksmanship.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 20, 2004 12:45 PM
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