Report #: 1,020
03 September '10
The current Washington "peace talks" have less chance of producing either a Palestinian state or legitimacy and security for Israel than even their previous editions.
-Mahmoud Abbas isn't Arafat.
-Hamas rules Gaza with an iron fist with political support from Turkey and weapons from Iran. Hamas and Iran are willing to mix Sunni and Shiite fundamentalist orthodoxies in the name of their greater enemies - Israel and Fatah. Turkey is stirring the pot.
-The Arab states are not interested in Palestine and want Israel to do something about their priority - Iran.
-Egypt's ailing President Hosni Mubarak did not drag himself to Washington on behalf of a Palestinian state, but on behalf of his son Gamal.
-King Abdullah's already minority position in his kingdom shrinks daily and there are calls to oust Palestinians lest they build a mini-State in Jordan as they did in Lebanon.
-Prime Minister Netanyahu isn't Prime Minister Barak.
Senator Mitchell said there is a "window of opportunity" now. With due respect, it is not a window but trompe l'oeil - the French decorating trick that "fools the eye" by drawing outdoor scenery on solid walls. Which is not to say nothing interesting is happening.
Prime Minister Netanyahu spent an hour-and-a-half in private with Mahmoud Abbas yesterday. A fly on the wall might have heard the following:
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