India Intelligence Report

   Abbas Wants to Resume Dialogue


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that he was willing to resume talks with Israel even his Government run by the terrorist group Hamas is not recognized by most countries in the world. The Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has socialized a "convergence plan" that dismantles small Jewish settlements and unilaterally fixes the boundary of a future Palestine. Abbas is alarmed by this plan and wants talks to happen now.

Talking to an Israeli paper, he said that the Hamas could be circumvented with a national referendum if he (Abbas) got a good deal from Israel. It is highly unlikely that Israel is going to take this bait, as Abbas is not able to convince Hamas or his nation on even simple matters as individuals in the Cabinet.

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