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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:52 PM
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Hamas leader urges West to talk

In a speech aired on Arab satellite TV, the exiled chief said it was "time to start talking to Hamas".

The four main Middle East mediators - the EU, the US, the UN and Russia - have said there can be no dealing with Hamas until it recognises Israel, renounces violence and accepts interim peace deals signed by the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

"The Gaza Strip has scored a victory. The enemy has failed and the resistance, together with our people and nation, has scored victory.

"But we still have two important battles ahead of us. The battle to break the siege and the battle to reopen the border crossings, particularly the Rafah crossing."

Israel has blockaded the Palestinian enclave since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

It has refused to fully open border crossings to allow desperately needed aid, goods and construction materials into Gaza.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7843465.stm
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:01 PM
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1. although I do think that the West should include Hamas in talks
bombastic statements like that one, won't help to achieve that goal.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:33 PM
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3. Yep
this clown was safe in Damascus, if his sorry butt was on the line in Gaza, I wonder if he'd be boasting of 'victory'.

If that's victory, I'd sure hate to see what a loss would have looked like.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:22 PM
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2. The responsibilities laid out to originate talks are clear so its up to Hamas
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Vegasaurus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:35 PM
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4. Good luck with that Hamas
maybe learn to moderate first, and then there can be talks.
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