Putin Urges Hamas-Fatah Cooperation

President Putin of Russia made it clear to President Abbas who heads the Palestinian Fatah organization that while he will support current efforts to seek peace with Israel, the long term need is for involving Hamas in these negotiations. There is scant doubt Putin never makes a public statement without considering its implication for Russian interests, but in this case, he may well be more perceptive than American diplomats in recognizing long term Palestinian needs. Palestine will only be successful if all components of its society are involved in making permanent decisions.