Palestinian reconciliation victory for Hamas: Israeli analysts (3)

14:54, April 29, 2011      

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ABBAS' CONSIDERATION

In his latest interview with the American magazine Newsweek, Abbas slammed the vulnerability and the impotence of U.S. President Barack Obama's administration in pushing forward Israeli- Palestinian talks.

On Feb. 17, Obama spoke on the phone with Abbas for 55 minutes and strongly pressed him to withdraw the resolution in the United Nations Security Council against Israel, which demanded that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.

It is reported that the American president told Abbas that the resolution will threaten the 475-million-U.S. dollar assistance to the PNA.

Some analysts view that telephone call as a critical element in Abbas' move towards reconciliation with Hamas.

Israel's former national security adviser Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland told Xinhua that Israel will re-evaluate its policy towards Abbas after the reconciliation deal.

He argued that Abbas cannot strike a deal with Israel before recognizing the Jewish state and abandoning Palestinian refugees' rights of return.

Therefore, Abbas decided to go to the UN even without the Americans' support. "This depends not on Hamas, but on Abbas' policy towards Israel," said Eiland.

Source: Xinhua

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