Hamas May Return Gaza To Abbas Control

There are unconfirmed reports that Hamas leaders are prepared to return control of the Gaza Strip to President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. A senior Hamas leader, Hussein Abu-Qawik, told a London newspaper that Khalad Mashaal, head of the Hamas political bureau has agreed it is necessary at this point in time for Hamas to surrender control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority. President Abbas expressed outrage over the weekend when he learned that Saudi Arabia had given the red carpet treatment to Mashaal during his recent visit to their nation. Mashaal met with key Saudi Arabian leaders in a blatant disregard by Saudi Arabia to the Abbas government. The Saudis and Egyptians claim they are merely trying to keep connections open to both sides in the conflict in order to arrange a compromise which would result in a unified Palestinian government engaging in discussions with Israel.

If the Saudi and Egyptian decision to enter into discussions with Hamas is meant to lead toward reconciliation, it makes sense. However, if their talks enhance the prestige of Hamas it only adds trouble to an already confused situation. Palestinians must be united because only unified government can address key concerns of Israel. A resolution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict must entail an agreement on the part of all Arab factions that violence will cease and all parties will work toward peace. Anything less will only result in resumption of violence on the part of both Israel and Palestinians.

  • mendy

    your quote: ”to arrange a compromise ……… unified Palestinian government engaging in discussions with Israel.”
    just a slight correction ” CONFRONTING israel”
    which is quite different…..an unified arab front including:syria,saudia arabia, egypt and maybe even iran would sound the end of ”moderates” and and a compromise that will harden the arab position in any negotiation with the west and israel. look around the internet there is some very informed explanations about what is taking shape in the middle east all thanx to bush and annapolis……

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    I still have yet to hear from you about a single idea that you would offer on how to resolve the current Israel -Palestine conflict. All you do is seek to find reasons why no compromise is possible, any suggestions on what type of compromise would work?

  • mendy

    you ask a very good question and you answer it yourself:
    you repeat over and over again the word ”compromise”
    the only thing ”compromises” have done to this conflict in particular is destroying any calm on the grounds that existed due to the strength israel was showing, and a spiral of violence with some pauses to obtain the next ”concession”…..
    the more hungry you are for peace the more it will elude you…….
    palestinians see israel as weak and take advantageof it and who end up with more influence and power?terrorists,hamas and hezbollah.

    my suggestion is not that there MUST be a way israel HAS to get to a settlement by 09

    as of right now the first thing israel has to do is cut negotiations that go nowhere and fight the hamas army in gaza once that is done everyone is the west bank will think twice before attacking israel and israelis back to normal life will be more enclined to negotiate
    because remember olmert is suppose to be representing israelis not himself and he is clearly not trusted by the public and hasn’t fulfilled his basic mission to protect israel citizens as prime minister during the war and up to this day.
    no right of return. there have been millions of refugees all over the world after world war 2 if all of them had to go back to where he came the world would be totally different today. jews from arab country’s were thrown out with nothing after israel was created they never made claims to return or be compensated…..
    refugees camps existed in israel as well but israel dealt with it and with time integrated its own refugees. palestinians were kept in their misery by their corrupt leaders who never did anything to give them a little dignity.
    no palestinian state.autonomy is a lot and look what they have done with it……arafat stole hundreds of millions from donations and nobody at all levels neglected the millions they were in charge of. once security wise autonomous regions are ”clean” education is not full of hatred and those regions are properly managed and greater cooperation will be possible economically;because who needs a state when you can barely feed your family,your kids are throwing stones instead of being in school and u need to barricade yourself at night in fear of gangs?
    jerusalem is non negotiable but the municipality can give over the management of arab neighborhoods to arabs, not the security or sovereignty.

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    With friends like you, Israel can look forward to another few decades of suicide bombers and turmoil.

  • mendy

    with friends like you israel will not be on the map within a decade……..