Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Hamas shooting in West Bank targets talks in Washington.
On the eve of direct talks between Israel and Palestine, four Jewish settlers were killed near Hebron in a drive-by shooting. Hamas claimed responsibility for this “heroic operation”.
Palestinian security forces reacted swiftly to the shooting by arresting 150 Hamas members- recognizing that this incident could derail peace talks in Washington before they even started.
However this was not enough to stop West Bank settlers pledging to resume immediate settlement building- in defiance of the current settlement freeze by the Israeli government.
This incident is a stark reminder that Hamas plays a central role in Palestinian politics, and cannot be ignored in the upcoming peace talks.