March 6, 2013
The (Very) Quiet Peace Talks Between Israel and Hamas : The Middle East's storm clouds have a silver lining (EFRAIM HALEVY, 3/06/13, New Republic)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2013 7:48 PM
What hasn't earned much attention are the successive rounds of negotiations between Israeli army officers and other security officials and their Egyptian counterparts, mostly in Cairo, parallel to those that the Egyptians have been conducting with Hamas personnel. These "non-negotiations" between Israel and Hamas might be critical in finding a durable solution for their conflict.But both sides prefer to keep the talks quiet. Hamas and Israel each appreciate the advantages of maintaining a diplomatic fiction while they pursue their real interests. Each side can thus publicly maintain its ideological purity, biding its time as it ascertains the intentions of the other. The ultimate effect may be to lay the groundwork for a pragmatic, and unprecedented, system of coexistence.
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