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  • No Place For Peace In Palestine
    Posted by David A. Fulghum 1:48 PM on Oct 08, 2010

    A peace agreement between Palestinian and Israeli officials would be impossible for either side to survive politically. In fact, Hamas (which runs Gaza) has already threatened to assassinate Fatah leaders for imprisoning captured Hamas gunmen caught in the West Bank. Any Fatah agreement with Israel on a two-state agreement is expected to trigger widespread violence by Hamas infiltrators in the West Bank.

    For Fatah and Israelli leaders to simply continuing meeting is considered the best possible outcome, and a failure of the U.S.-brokered talks will not be the result of whether or not Tel Aviv maintains the moratorium on building settlements, says a senior Israeli official.

    The U.S. team involved in the talks is offering to support the borders desired by Palestine, as well as a long-term security presence, demanded by the Israelis, along the border between Palestine and Jordan to control terrorist infiltration through or into Jordan. Israel also would have access to U.S. intelligence and its first squadron of F-35s as an inducement to settle.

    “A solution to Palestine [by creating two states that agree to live in peace] is not possible because it’s not desired by either side,” says Maj. Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland, former head of the national security council of Israel and chairman of the investigation of the Flotilla incident off the coast of Gaza.  “The Israeli government can’t offer a solution – and survive politically
    that offers enough for the Palestinians to accept. The two parties are not interested in a final settlement. It’s too risky. They are interested in maintaining the existence of a process, but not a solution. This is reality.”

    In fact, it may be easier for Israel to negotiate with Hamas, which controls Gaza, than Fatah which only partially controls the West Bank.

    “Ironically, we can deal effectively in Gaza because Hamas is above all a political party that controls Gaza and that makes it a real state,”  Giora says. “They are accountable for what happens in Gaza. So they have a presence that we can deter and indirectly negotiate with and cause them to think twice before they open fire.”

    Israel is also sending the same message to the Lebanese government. In the past, Israel has attacked Hezbollah enclaves along the southern border of Lebanon. Now officials have warned that if Israel is attacked by Hezbollah (which operates in Lebanon, Syria and Iran), Tel Aviv will retaliate against the Lebanese government and military as the party responsible for Hezbollah actions.

    Tags: ar99, Palestine, Fatah, Israel, Hamas

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