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musgravk on 2010-08-31Promising points, but I'm somewhat bothered by the fact that the article relegated the Gaza Strip to more of an aside than anything else - and with that, Hamas (which was, after all, democratically elected, much to the ruin of our theory that democratization automatically means American allies). That, and the point that, were Abbas to "accept an end to the conflict with Israel and its Jewish identity" (a short phrase for a huge task, no?), things would automatically change - Abbas could be best friends and drinking buddies with Bibi Netanyahu, but if his Palestinian citizens don't agree, the conflict won't end. Were Yitzhak Rabin here, he could remind us that citizens' agreement to politicians' more peaceful ideas is key in actually upholding those peaceful ideas... (read: Rabin's non-presence is, of course, the point. heh). ...not to be the depressing cynic, but really... It will be interesting to see what, if any, developments come of this.