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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:01 PM

Jordan's King left red faced after Hamas slip-up at Davos

With world leaders and financial bigwigs gathered for the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort of Davos this week, the pressure was on to impress. Jordan’s King Abdullah II, one of the Forum’s honored speakers, seemed to have a keen grip on global economics but was left more than a little confused by politics on his doorstep.

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His hopes for peace in the disputed land stemmed from a belief that the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, was relenting on its anti-Israel policies. When they first came to power, Hamas insisted that they would never recognize Israel as a legitimate country in its current form.

However, they had more recently softened on their policy and appeared to be ready to live peacefully next to their hated Jewish neighbors.

The King said the group were “being a bit more realistic” and claimed Hamas was more open than ever before to engage in dialogue with Israel.

But Jordan’s monarch was soon made to eat his words when Hamas shot down his hopeful claims point blank.

According to Palestine Today, on Saturday night Hamas’ spokesman, Yahya Moussa al-Ebadsh, said the group’s relationship with Israel has not and will not change.

“The only relationship with this enemy is the resistance,” he said.

The statement put pay to any ideas of getting Israel and the Gazan leaders around the negotiating table. Next time perhaps the King will consult with Hamas before putting forward their position at International Forums.

http://www.albawaba.com/editorchoice/davos-jordan-hamas--466580

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oberliner Jan 2013 OP
aquart Jan 2013 #1
Still Sensible Jan 2013 #3
shira Jan 2013 #4
Still Sensible Jan 2013 #5
samsingh Jan 2013 #2

Response to oberliner (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:08 PM

1. My thanks to Hamas.

So many enjoy claiming that Israel is the intransigent party. Time somebody cleared that up.

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Response to aquart (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 01:05 PM

3. The radicals on both sides do not want to see peace. n/t

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Response to Still Sensible (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 02:34 PM

4. The difference is that all the Palestinian leadership are radicals who don't want peace....

....whereas Israel has moderates and leftwing leadership who not only want peace, but has offered it twice since 2000 (Palestine with some land swaps, no occupation, no settlements, half of Jerusalem, refugee compensation). Both offers were rejected w/o a counter-offer from the "moderate" PLO leadership.

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Response to shira (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 02:45 PM

5. That is a fair assessment IMO

It is very hard to identify any moderates among he leadership on the Palestinian side.

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Response to oberliner (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 12:30 PM

2. kick

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