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  •  Christiane Amanpour says... (5+ / 0-)
    ..."No one speaks to Hamas except for Egypt"...

    ...They were almost there (cease fire) yesterday, but Israel wasn't ready to sign on then...

    Nobody apparently talks to Hamas but 'everybody speaks to Hamas'...First post Arab spring crisis...Would Pres. Morisy be able to do this kind of heavy lifting and it appears that he will...

    What have they achieved?...Hamas...want a lifting of the seige...I don't think I heard anything about that....

    To me it seems a little bit like status quo...(spoke of various  Arab leaders speaking with Palestinians)...This is a far cry from isolating Hamas.  Now it's a very different kettle of fish...

     

    Ben Weideman:

    (Q: What's at stake):  For Hamas: Blockage--want immediate total lifting of blockade.  Israel: Tunnels, entry and exit from Gaza...Egypt holds key...will they control access to tunnels...

    "...Morsi has been fairly sympathetic to Hamas...Now Hamas has political support...All the leaders who have come to them has been important.  They come out of this stronger politically, though not militarily...."

    ...Important to underscore that there's widespread support, not for Hamas, but for the Palestinian people...Hamas isn't necessarily that popular in Gaza...Now you see a level of popular support (in Egypt) for Palestinians, not necessarily Hamas, than you ever saw before the Arab Spring"...

    Such a longstanding problem.  So many temporary "solutions".  If only people on both sides could/ would work out a compromise with a permanent solution acceptable to all parties.  

    But then, we can't even seem to do that in our own country, between members of one political party and their followers and those of the other party.

    •  It may be that the US price to Israel for the (3+ / 0-)
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      intervention now is work on that blockade and getting the final peace talks in fact going again. The references to both in the Clinton speech was in its own way very specific. Perhaps this is something she wants done by the time she leaves.

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