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  •  Right, even though (6+ / 0-)

    virtually every remotely serious analyst of the conflict recognises that some basic level of internal Palestinian political co-operation is a prerequisite for any serious attempt at peace (the International Crisis Group for example has been saying this for years). The US and Israel know this perfectly well of course, which is why they've been so careful to destroy and block Palestinian unity.

    The US is opposed to Palestinian unity, but it I'm not sure whether or not the events in the region that weasel describes will to some extent tie the government's hands, at least for a while.

    What I don't know enough about are the internal dynamics within Fatah and Hamas and how the reconciliation reflects & effects them.

    •  Indeed. Your third paragraph is where curiosity (4+ / 0-)

      is looking now. We will see and hear more of that, at least for the next few weeks, as the mediasphere weighs in and events unfold on the ground.

      "I'm not sure whether or not the events in the region that weasel describes will to some extent tie the government's hands, at least for a while." I think and hope so.

      The real wild card is how those who have ignored politics, or cared deeply but finally given up, are being inflamed by new possibilities of participation and democracy, all across the Middle East. Kind of like Barack did to our electorate in 2008, but with a whole lot more gunpowder.

      New dynamics are coming into play, and many of the old playbooks of complicity/deception/oppression are already ashes in the wind

      "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

      by Brecht on Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 01:50:36 PM PDT

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