February 28, 2009

THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE OF A WASTE THE WAR WAS:


Israel PM's family link to Hamas peace bid
: Olmert rejected Palestinian attempts to set up talks through go-between before Gaza invasion (Peter Beaumont, 3/01/09, The Observer)

Hamas, the militant Palestinian organisation, attempted to conduct secret talks with the Israeli leadership in the protracted run-up to the recent war in Gaza - with messages being passed from the group at one stage through a member of prime minister Ehud Olmert's family. [...]

Over two years, from the kidnap of Shalit, which triggered Israel's economic blockade of the Gaza Strip and its 1.5 million residents right up to the days before Israel launched its three-week long assault, Hamas officials expressed a willingness to talk to Israel directly about the kidnap, conditions for a new ceasefire and the ending of the blockade.

The motivation - from Hamas's side - stemmed from a growing frustration with the role of Egypt as an intermediary over key issues between the two sides, especially in relation to ceasefires.

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