Is the stage set now to talk of peace?

About: Palestinians discuss unity government


source:  Aljazeera
The ruling Hamas party and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have agreed to start negotiations on forming a coalition government.
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The document implies recognition of the state of Israel, calls for an end to attacks against Israel and the creation of a Palestinian national unity government.
So no, the Middle East is not back at square one, as M says.  Rather, as I said the situation will be very fluid.  I think history will show that Israel made a big mistake.  But, who knows, sometimes from mistakes which change the dynamics of a system in a rut, you get amazing new possibilities.

Update 9/8/6
source: Israeli minister says it's time for Palestinian talks
Israel's foreign minister said on Friday it was time the Jewish state talked to the Palestinians, adding no conditions should be put on meeting President Mahmoud Abbas. ...
"In relation to a meeting with Abu Mazen, I do not think there need to be any conditions for such a meeting," Livni told a news conference in Tel Aviv with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. ...
"It is about time we found a way to talk with the Palestinians and with Abu Mazen in order to find out whether there is a way to promote a process that can lead in the future to a two-state solution."
... more in the article.  It's a small glimmer.

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  1. aljazeera
  2. peace talks
  3. hamas
  4. palestine
  5. israel

Comments


Seth says
More about the Hamas / Palestinian coalition here

Thinking out loud:  For peace to take hold, Hamas and Hezbollah need to cut loose their assumption that Israel should not exist.  What are the chances of that happening?  I take it that the word on the street is that will happen when hell freezes over.   One can read all over the place  how  ingrained in the  propoganda  of  these so called "terrorists" groups that assumption is.  And now that Israel has been shown to be vunerable, we naturally think that encourages the campaign against the Zionist state.  Now that makes for a very gloomy script.  When i write my predictive scripts, of course, these facts will be taken into conideration.  But let's look around for signs of things going in different directions.  It seems to me that it will all be happening in internal Isralie politics.  I'm gonna watch that carefully.  The Jewish planners need to play out these senarios and see where they lead.  If they had done that before the war, they may have though long and hard about the need to destroy Lebanese intrastructure and exactly what their objectives were.  If i were Israel i would appologize to the Lebanease people.  I know that would be hard to do ... it would  choke in the throat and taste bitter in the mouth ... but in the long run it might just be a stepping stone to peace.  The question is:  Does Israel really want peace?

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