Monday, June 05, 2006

Abbas-Hamas showdown

A week ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas challenged Hamas to accept a statement implicitly recognizing Israel.

Yesterday, Hamas refused.

Today, Abbas vowed to push ahead with a referendum -- a referendum that Hamas is likely to lose.

We're headed toward some type of resolution here -- be it Abbas backing down, Hamas backed into a corner by voter-approved recognition of Israel -- or civil war.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a good move by Abbas. Letting the people say how they feel about this sitation, which is critical to Palestine's well-being, might be the tipping point to move their elected leaders in the right direction. If the people vote to recognize Israel, let's hope it will spark the reformation of Hamas into a purely political force.
- Caracarn

6/05/2006 5:50 PM  

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