The four international supporters of the Middle East peace process said Wednesday that the next Palestinian Cabinet should not include members of Hamas or other militant groups committed to violence.I AM PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THIS STATEMENT - ESPECIALLY TAKEN WITH THE NEWS BELOW ABOUT LEBANON'S CONDEMNATION OF THE HIZB'ALLAH ATTACKS ON ISRAEL.
The statement by the so-called quartet did not name Hamas, but said a future Palestinian Cabinet "should include no member who has not committed to the principles of Israel's right to exist in peace and security and an unequivocal end to violence and terrorism." The quartet, which has drafted a Middle East peace plan known as the road map, includes the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.
The ball is in the Palestinian Arabs' court. Will Abbas make like his mentor Arafat and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, or will he rise to the occassion and challenge Hamas and the other jihadoterrorist groups to disarm? He has done nothing to date which makes me optimistic. But maybe this statement from the Quartet will encourage him?