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.

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