Sunday, April 13, 2008

Meeting Khaled Meshal

Well, not me, though I did translate a 13 page interview with him for UK Channel 4's in December. But it seems former President Carter is.

"I think someone should be meeting with Hamas..." Carter said on ABC this week.

"If Israel is ever going to find peace with justice concerning the relationship with their next-door neighbors, Hamas will have to be included in the process."

At least someone is willing to acknowledge that there is no ignoring them anymore if a meaningful and sustainable resolution is to be reached.

In their most recent report, the International Crisis Group found that "The policy of isolating Hamas and Gaza is bankrupt" and has in fact backfired.

Now I just wonder if Carter is going on his own accord or whether he was sent indirectly by his government as a "feeler" of sorts...


Blogger JohnB said...

Briefly, Laila, my take is that Carter is on his own. He has been persona non grata with this administration for a good long while. Writing and publishing "Peace, not apartheid" and therefore espousing a contrarian view to how to "solve" the Palestinian question does not sit well with this bunch.

That said, I am glad SOMEBODY from this country has the guts to meet with Mr Meshal.



1:15 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

I'd be more than astonished to say the least, would he be "only" a sort of messenger ... I am convinced he has his own agenda, his own head and seems to be the ONLY ONE (at least the ONLY ONE with the guts to SAY that!!) to understand that maintaining silence won't work and by sticking heads in the sand, NOTHING positive is achieved.
The ONLY WAY is dialogue ... with whoever necessary in order to reach something like a more or less (in the best but not likely case)common denominator or at least ANY kind of basis to negotiate a solution with a solid foundation.

4:04 AM  
Blogger Save the Oocytes! said...

Why would you suppose Carter was working with the US government on this?

I'd find the suggestion very questionable if I wasn't aware how much you know than I do. Now I'm just confused.

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Blogger Halla said...

I wish more people would listen to Carter, he is the only one making sense

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carter is a peanut farmer who couldn't even save the U.S. hostages. Where does it say is an authority on anything except Rosilyn?

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