Thursday, May 25, 2006

Abbas stuns Hamas with talk of referendum

Yahoo! News

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he will call a national referendum on accepting a Palestinian state alongside
Israel if Hamas does not agree to the idea within 10 days.
This is interesting
Abbas' surprise announcement was a political gamble that could either help resolve the Palestinians' internal deadlock or lead them into a deeper crisis with the militant Hamas group.
I suspect it would just deepen the conflict.
Such a vote would effectively ask Palestinians to give implicit recognition to Israel by accepting a Palestinian state on land occupied by Israel in 1967.
I dont think that Israel would accept withdrawing to the 1967 borders, because they were not defensible borders, but this would be a good start to negotiations.

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