Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Clinton's Middle East Pipe Dream
Clinton and Abbas
It all looked and sounded great today.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, standing at a podium next to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Declaring that the PA is the only true representative of the Palestinian people. And pledging to work with Abbas to bring much-needed relief to the Gaza.
Of course, this ignores things as they really are. Abbas and the PA do NOT control the Gaza. Hamas, the organization that still declares its intent to destroy Israel, does.
This is the same Hamas that has been firing or permitting the firing of rockets into Israel on a daily basis. The same Hamas that, under cover of the recent Israeli invasion of the Gaza, assassinated members of Abbas' Fatah Party to further tighten its stranglehold over the Palestinian people there.
It is beyond laudable that the Obama administration seeks to get negotiations for a two-state solution back on track, especially after President Bush turned his back on a peace process over seven of his eight years in office. But the Palestinian people are divided. It may be possible to come to an agreement over the West Bank. But negotiating with Abbas over the Gaza simply defies reality.
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