Arab rulers pursue US-backed ploy to validate Hamas
DEBKAfile's Washington sources disclose that the Obama administration is not waiting for Netanyahu or Abu Mazen to come together. It has laid odds on the Saudi-Egyptian bid to heal the inter-Arab quarrel with the Syrian president Bashar Assad after which they will join forces to broker reconciliation between Abbas' Fatah and its rival Hamas in the Gaza Strip. They will try and persuade the rival Palestinian factions, which have refused to share power, to rule their separate territories under the authority of a supreme Palestinian Council.
This device, the Saudis, Egyptians and the Americans believe, will circumvent the two main hurdles blocking progress in Middle East peacemaking: The split between the Fatah governments ruling the West Bank and the Hamas regime controlling the Gaza Strip, and the participation of the extremist Hamas in peace talks.
A Palestinian supreme council will let Hamas off the hook of recognizing Israel as stipulated by the Middle East Quartet, while its own legitimacy is accepted. Netanyahu will be expected to conduct talks with a legitimate Palestinian government in which Hamas is not physically present at the negotiating table but yet holds veto power over its conduct and outcome.
The European Union external affairs executive Javier Solana knows exactly what is going on in the Middle East, but in his last months in office, he is trying to make his mark before retiring. Debkafile
As US President Obama smashes presidential foreign travel records, at home, the nation is suffering through one of the worst economic crises in its history.
As I reported in yesterday's commentary, news reports are surfacing that President Obama has set a deadline for Israel to freeze settlements or face the reality of the US walking away from the whole ME peace process. Whether this report is true or not is unknown, but as I stated, it would open up the door for the European Union to walk in and takeover complete control of the talks. With pressure mounting over how much time the president is devoting to outside foreign interests, along with an ever worsening domestic economy, I have to believe, at some point, he will be forced to withdraw his name from the peace process. This recession could turn out to be God's way of forcing the US to withdraw as the lead negotiator for ME peace opening the door for the EU to takeover.
A Fatah official has come out and said that their goal was not peace with Israel but the creation of a Palestinian state. Certainly, that can be taken to mean that their real objective is a state of their own...with peace with Israel as a distance second. However, the truth is, they could not care less about a Palestinian state. Their real objective starts with recovering Israeli captured land that will better position them to eventually overrun the state of Israel. The pipe dream of Middle East peace is just that...a pipe dream. It's coming but it certainly won't last.
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