Khaled Amayreh, reporting from east Jerusalem found widespread cynicism concerning the Bush push for peace between Palestinians and Israel. Many Muslims believe the ultimate goal is for Palestinians to accept a reduced size independent nation in return for peace and some money. Hamas has been left out of negotiations even though a significant percentage of the Palestinian population regards them as supporting their goals for the future. As a Hamas spokesperson told Amayreh, “”only gullible people would give Bush the benefit of the doubt.”
The end result may well be creation of an independent Palestinian state, but what happens if once this entity comes into existence the population votes in a free election for Hamas? Has anyone in the Bush administration considered that possibility? I doubt it.