By Ted Belman
Apparently Abbas is talking with Hamas and so too is Olmert though he denies it.
Canadian Jewish News published an article which reported on the views of Kaled Abu Toameh, a JPOST journalist of note,
Since real peace with the Palestinians is generations away, given mutual mistrust, Israel should focus on ending the violence now and leaving the rest to future generations, he added.
Asked whether the Israeli government would accept Hamas’ conditions for a ceasefire, a full withdrawal from the West Bank and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in what is now Israel, Toameh said these details should be discussed in negotiations.
This is also the thinking of Olmert. The DoP that everyone is shooting for whether at the summit or in the six months following, does not offer a peace agreement. Make no mistake about that. It just gets Israel an unreliable ceasefire in exchange for full withdrawal.
Israel will not agree to a full withdrawal even for a peace agreement with with the Arab League, much less for a hudna. Israel just wants to end the occupation in return for a ceasefire. That’s what it is all about.