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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-26-07 08:13 PM
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Competing visions for Palestinians
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While the Israelis and US want to isolate Hamas, some Arab states see need for Palestinian unity.


"As the high level meetings continue in the aftermath of the violent split between Hamas and Fatah, it is becoming clear that two competing visions are emerging for the best way forward for the Palestinians.

While the Americans and Israelis want to continue to strengthen Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his secular Fatah Party against the Islamist Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Egyptian and Jordanian governments are coming to view the need for a new Palestinian government that reunites the two rivals.

On Tuesday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who attended a summit in Sharm el-Sheikh the day before with Mr. Abbas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and Jordanian King Abdullah, told state TV that a Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is inevitable.

"I believe that after a period of calm, especially as they have a legislative assembly where has a majority, an understanding between them is bound to come about," he said.

Egypt has been "mediating between the two sides," though President Mubarak added that Abbas is as yet unwilling to make concessions. "It needs a period of calm and a return to sense then will become possible," he said."

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