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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Hamas and Fatah to kiss and make-up?

Shavua Tov, a good week everyone and a Freilichen (Happy) Purim to those still celebrating Purim.

Yemeni foreign minister Abubakr al-Qirbi announced today that there has been a 'breakthrough' in talks between Fatah and Hamas and it looks like the two may soon kiss and make up.
Fatah officials have agreed to Yemen's reconciliation initiative and are prepared to sign it, while Hamas officials requested additional time to discuss the initiative with the group's leaders, Yemen's Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi announced on Saturday.

According to a Yemenite news agency, talks between the rival Fatah and Hamas are continuing to take place in Yemen, after a crisis in talks occurred on Thursday in which Fatah representatives threatened to return to Ramallah.

"Hamas is not declining the Yemenite initiative which aims to resolve the rivalry between Hamas and Fatah," Ahmed Youssef, adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

Youssef also said that Hamas is maintaining contacts with European representatives. "Most of the Europeans we maintain contact with are British, Swedish, Swiss and French. In most cases they were unofficial European representatives who are helping change the European attitude towards Hamas."
I wonder whether Condi Rice's State Department will also 'change its attitude' towards Hamas or whether they will finally admit that 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen is really not a 'moderate.' I'm betting on the former. Anyone disagree with me?


At 11:53 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

You're probably right, seeing as how the State Dept blog outright asked if they should talk to Hamas, and seeing as how Condi's used that trick of rhetorically asking outloud whether she should talk to someone she's been previously avoiding talking to.


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