Thursday, June 05, 2008

Abu Mazen concedes to the obvious: talks with Hamas

Abbas drops demand for Hamas to relinquish Gaza before talks - Haaretz - Israel News

Meantime, former PM Tony Blair, will face questioning about his role in the Middle East, including his hardline stance on Hamas.

In Washington, Obama delivers his first foreign policy speech as Democratic candidate to AIPAC, "Israel's lobby" as it used to describe itself. In this video he is intent to establish his bona fides, including his committment to Jerusalem continuing to be the unified capital of Israel (a non-starter for any serious Israeli-Palestinian agreement, it needs to be added). It has changed the claim to "America's pro-Israel lobby," as though other groups (such as the new J. Street) also concerned with Israel could not also be "pro-Israel."

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