Israel, Palestine indicate peace bid

A complex bargaining process involving the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Israel, among other actors, is unfolding. It is still much too early and too optimistic to forecast a breakthrough in the peace process, but it is highly probable that there will be significant transformations of the Israeli-Palestinian political scene soon.

Reports that the United States will try to convene a major Middle East summit in June illustrate this. [1] In the last few days, two other developments also strengthened this conclusion: Palestinian prisoner Samer al-Issawi, whose eight-month on-off hunger strike had provoked widespread protests in the West Bank, reached a compromise with his Israeli captors, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked Turkey to mediate his dispute with the rival Palestinian movement Hamas.

Victor Kotsev

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong

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