Sunday, November 18, 2007

Did I miss something?

There's been a lot of talk recently about the upcoming summit to be held in Annapolis between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Condi Rice appears to believe that the two sides are finally serious about taking concrete steps towards the creation of a Palestinian state and a permanent cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians.

I'm just wondering how they will do this, or what meaning the results of the conference will have, in view of the party the Secretary of State declined to invite: Hamas. The last time I looked, Hamas was the democratically elected governing authority in Palestine--as I understand it, the PA was marginalized by the election results. So here's the thing: just how will any agreement be implemented without the participation and consent of the democratically elected representatives of the Palestinian people?

Has this not occurred to reporters and analysts covering the runup to this meeting? Am I missing something here?


Blogger TomCat said...

The buzz I'm hearing is that the Reich is cajoling, bribing, and even threatening other countries to get them to send officials high enough on the totem-pole to make this Potemkin conference impressive.

2:14 PM  

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