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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:03 PM
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Palestinian old guard: defiance, regret
DAMASCUS, Syria - Looking back to the U.N. partition plan of 1947, which envisaged Jewish and Palestinian states living side by side in peace, Nayef Hawatmeh comes to the painful acknowledgment of an opportunity missed.

"After 60 years, we are struggling for what we could have had in 1947," laments the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. "We have missed many historic opportunities."

In a year when Israel is celebrating its 60th birthday, Hawatmeh and his generation of leaders are still in exile and fading from the scene.

Visited by The Associated Press in Damascus, the Syrian capital, these graying grandfathers radiate nostalgia and bitterness. They speak of wasted opportunities, perceived successes, failures and divisions. In monologues that can last 90 minutes and brook no interruption, they voice anger at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for negotiating with Israel, but also at Hamas for taking their struggle down the path of radical Islam. ;_ylt=ArdqJpxPeUKcmvlxB6PbpDms0NUE
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Vegasaurus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:58 PM
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1. There is the saddest comment of al
All this "struggle", all this resistance, to try to get what they could have had in 1947.

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pelsar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 04:05 PM
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2. and after that this one.....
"Of course it's better to deal with secular nationalists than religious extremists," Yossi Melman, a veteran Israeli intelligence analyst, said in an interview. "It was better back then because along with the violence there was hope for talks, and negotiations did happen and agreements were made.

"But with Hamas there is nobody to talk to. After Hamas, Israel will face al-Qaida."
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