It took a day for Israel to say no
What a surprise – the Israeli’s can’t work with the new Palestinian coalition because Hamas is involved. Yawn. Whatever. Israel doesn’t want peace as peace would force them to start pulling out of the West Bank (because they currently have illegal settlements all over the West Bank). Even though Hamas have agreed to abide by past agreements, even though Hamas is the democratically elected party (don’t you love how its only democracy when the party America and Israel wants wins) even though if Israel and America had been real about peace in the past they wouldn’t be confronted by a radicalized Palestinian population who elected Hamas out of desperation and anger.
The Israeli’s are using Hamas as an excuse to harden their position, not actively seek peace, and they are doing that because their position of 4 decades of brutal occupation is totally undefendable. By causing the Palestinian people even further suffering because of their vote, to ‘group punish’ the Palestinian people sends dark echo’s that Israel should be ashamed of.
Olmert says Israel to shun new Palestinian coalition
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last night ruled out resuming talks on Palestinian statehood with President Mahmoud Abbas and urged the international community to shun his new Government with Hamas. Palestinians hope the Government between Abbas' secular Fatah faction and Islamist Hamas will stop factional fighting and ease a crippling aid embargo that has increased poverty.