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From The Boston Globe: Israel warns Abbas that a Hamas tie would end talks.
Israel warned yesterday it would stop dealing with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas if he goes ahead with plans to join Hamas in a new government, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Arab allies sought a way to break the Hamas logjam and push forward the stalled peace process.
Jordan's King Abdullah II, after separate meetings with Rice and Abbas, urged the United States to continue seeking to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. But Israel said it would stop dealing with Abbas on larger peace issues if he went ahead and formed the coalition government with Hamas.
After the meetings Abbas acknowledged for the first time that sessions on Monday in Jerusalem with Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Rice had been "tense and difficult" but said "it was not a failure and it will be followed by other meetings."
Abbas said Israel may have "misunderstood" the agreement reached in Mecca between his moderate Fatah faction [See comment below. -- AF] and the militant Hamas group, according to Jordan's official Petra news agency. ...
The planned Palestinian coalition government fell far short of what the United States and Israel wanted, and also disappointed Sunni Arab states -- many of them US allies -- that had hoped Hamas would soften anti-Israeli policies enough to satisfy the West and restart the flow of vital international aid.
Not only are Abbas and his Fatah not "moderate," one year later and Abbas still has not disarmed Hamas.
Posted by Forkum at February 21, 2007 07:54 PM