Israel Discusses Peace with the Palestinians with Gulf States…and Hamas

Israeli strategists sense that a weakened Hamas might be ripe for a long-term hudna or ‘truce’ with Israel, instead of trying to strengthen the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority that rejects every attempt at peace.

By LESLIE SUSSER

 

A YEAR after last summer’s fighting and Gaza is still in ruins. Very little has been done to rebuild. Over 100,000 people are still homeless or living in decrepit bombed-out buildings. The economy has shrunk dramatically. At 43 percent, unemployment is the highest in the world.

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