20 August 2010

Israel-Palestine Talks Coming Up?

According to MSNBC, Israel and Palestine are due to sit down for a chat.

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to resume their long-stalled direct negotiations in Washington early next month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday, with a goal of two sovereign states existing side by side in peace.
The breakthrough marks a small but important step toward easing tensions in the Middle East. Clinton made the announcement at the State Department with special Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell at her side.
"As we move forward, it is important that actions by all sides help to advance our effort, not hinder it," Clinton said. "There have been difficulties in the past; there will be difficulties ahead. Without a doubt, we will hit more obstacles. The enemies of peace will keep trying to defeat us and to derail these talks. But I ask the parties to persevere."
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly issued a statement welcoming the U.S. plan.
"Reaching an agreement is a difficult challenge but is possible," the Netanyahu statement said. "We are coming to the talks with a genuine desire to reach a peace agreement between the two peoples that will protect Israel's national security interests, foremost of which is security."

I guess my question is whether or not Hamas has a role at the table, and if so, what it is.
If they don't, then you're expecting the PA to control someone who's already thrown them out of their territory once.
If they do, then you're negotiating with terrorists.
I'm glad I'm not in this business.

By: Brant

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