Sunday, June 11, 2006


Israel wonders aloud how they can negotiate with Abbas, when Hamas (whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel and death to the Jews) is in control of the government:

JERUSALEM - Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Sunday that Israel wants to negotiate with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas but insisted it's "not realistic" to pursue a final peace deal with him while the Hamas militants controlling the Palestinian government refuse to moderate.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Livni, considered the rising star of Israeli politics, sought to allay international concerns that Israel plans to impose a final border on the Palestinians.
"The message is not unilateralism, it's not the Israeli government ideology. We prefer firstly to find a partner on the Palestinian side," she said.

Livni, who also serves as Israel's vice premier, said a document currently being debated among Palestinians as a way out of a crippling international aid boycott could lead to positive results.
However, the document, which implicitly recognizes the Jewish state by calling for a Palestinian state alongside Israel, falls short of international demands for Hamas to moderate its stance, Livni said.

"Maybe as a process it can lead to something better. But yet when it comes to the document itself, it doesn't send a message of historical reconciliation," she said.

On Sunday, the Hamas prisoner who helped draft the document withdrew his name from it, deepening Palestinian divisions ahead of a July 26 referendum on the plan.