SPIEGEL Interview with Ami Ayalon: Israeli Minister Calls for Third-Channel Talks with Hamas - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News: "Ayalon: Our official negotiating partner is Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who was elected by two-thirds of his people. With Hamas we should not have direct talks but rather through a third party like Egypt, for example. If we are negotiating the release of abducted solder Gilad Shalit with Hamas, then I see no reason why we should not talk to them about a cease-fire in order to save the lives of the children in Sderot.
SPIEGEL: Do you think compromises with Hamas are possible?
Ayalon: Hamas is not a monolithic organization. Within Hamas, there are a variety of opinions and ideologies. I think it is likely that the pragmatists within Hamas are interested in returning to last year's Mecca agreement with Fatah ...
SPIEGEL: ... which gives President Mahmoud Abbas the right to negotiate with Israel.
Ayalon: I believe Hamas leaders like Ismail Haniya in Gaza or Mousa Abu Marzook in Damascus are capable of such a step."