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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The impossible Mr. Abbas and the Palestinian Israeli peace process

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2008/03/impossible-mr-abbas-and-palestinian.html

The attitude of Mahmoud Abbas creates an impossible situation:
 
"I call on the Israeli government to halt its aggression so the necessary environment can be created to make negotiations succeed, for us and for them, to reach the shores of peace in 2008," Abbas said, referring to the goal - stated at a U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference in November - of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty by the end of the year.
Well OK, but you have to stop Palestinian aggression. If Abbas cannot control Palestinian aggression, then he is not the address for negotiations, because he has nothing to negotiate about.
 
Ami Isseroff

Last update - 12:07 05/03/2008    
 
 Rice meets PA officials, urges them to resume peace talks 
By Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondent, and News Agencies 

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Palestinian peace negotiators on Wednesday, hoping to persuade them to resume talks despite a spike of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.
 
The meeting cam a day after Rice held talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah, saying she believes a peace agreement by the end of the year is still possible.
 
"What we are trying to achieve is not easy ... but I do believe it can be done," Rice said at a joint press conference with Abbas.

"We need very much for everybody to be focused on peace," he added.
 
For his part, Abbas said that "peace and negotiations are our strategic choice," but fell short of announcing a resumption of peace talks that his government cut off after the upsurge in fighting in Gaza.
 
"I call on the Israeli government to halt its aggression so the necessary environment can be created to make negotiations succeed, for us and for them, to reach the shores of peace in 2008," Abbas said, referring to the goal - stated at a U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference in November - of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty by the end of the year.
 
Palestinian sources said Abbas' discussion with Rice centered around the idea of a comprehensive cease-fire in the West Bank and Gaza.
 
Abbas emphasized the need for a lull to allow the peace process to move forward, the sources said, adding that the PA has no problem with renewing negotiations however that an appropriate mechanism must be found to allow for unimpeded progress in the wake of the fighting.
 
Hamas said Rice's visit was unwanted and was intended to cover up "the crimes of the occupation."
 
Earlier, Rice visited Cairo and announced that she had waived the Congressional restrictions withholding $100 million in military aid to Egypt.
 
The funds were released in an effort to improve bilateral relations and encourage Egypt to take a more active part in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
 


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