There is a moment of respite in Gaza from the air assault which has caused such devastation in the area. Egyptian leaders are working around the clock to persuade Hamas to cooperate not merely with Israel but with its political rival Fatah and the Abbas government which currently directs the Palestinian Authority. A major problem encountered by Egyptian mediators is that while Hamas is willing to participate in a coalition government with Fatah it wants an end to any cooperation with Israel and pursuing the dream of ending the Israeli state. President Abbas and Egyptian leaders consider such an approach to lead only to disaster and the end of any sensible peace.
Fatah leaders want to take advantage of the new Obama administration and work with it to secure a peace that respects Palestinian rights. There is hope Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad will move away from his close ties with Iran and cooperate with Egypt in an effort to bring together Hamas and Fatah.
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The Egyptian government called on rival Palestinian factions to unite in order to further the needs of Palestinians for a government. It believes there is need to rebuild security forces and come together as a cohesive force in dealing with the Israel government. There apparently may be a new opening that will assist a united Palestinian government since the Israel government is finally considering the 2002 Saudi Arabian proposal for peace on the basis of restoring 1967 boundaries. The Egyptian proposal calls for the immediate establishment of a Palestinian unity government.
The Egyptians are asking both sides to agree that whatever agreement is reached between Abbas and the Israel government should be accepted by Hamas. At this point, any agreement reached in the coming months would most probably be based on the Saudi proposal, one that is supported by President Abbas. Now, is time for Hamas to accept the reality of Israel as a state and work with other Arab nations to finally achieve peace in the Middle East.
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