By Ted Belman
Rice is going home empty-handed with egg on her face. Guess who she will blame.
Debka reports that Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad are incapable of solidifying their grip on power or combating Palestinian terror, as required by the Middle East road map.
The US Secretary also discovered that, notwithstanding his denials, Abbas is conducting secret indirect contacts with Hamas. Whatever the outcome of the Annapolis conference, if it goes ahead, he is determined to lead his Fatah party into negotiations with Hamas for a united national government and reconstruct the Gaza-West Bank link which was severed in June when Hamas drove the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority out of the Gaza Strip.
After the coup in Gaza, I speculated that the US ordered Fatah to take a dive to enable a separation to take place between Hamas and Fatah. Thus it would enable Fatah to continue the “peace process” that Hamas was preventing.
Thus when Abbas is proceeding to reconcile with Hamas, it is the clearest sign that the US strategy of separation is dead. Thus the end of the “peace process” as we know it.
What I predict will happen now is a new process whereby Hamas is brought back into the fold. Saudi Arabia has always wanted this. Thus the only agreement possible will be a hudna and it will be called a peace agreement.
Israel should resist such a end result but it won’t.