FACT…. In January of 2006 the Palestinian people went to the polls and elected Hamas to lead them.

FACT…. In January 2006 Israel, The United States, Britain and others declared that they will NEVER recognise a government set up by Hamas.

FACT…. Israel has intensified its policis of genocide and apartheid against the Palestinian nation since the day of their election.

FACT…. Israel has withheld millions of dollars owed to the Palestian Authority from tax revenues, making it virtually impossible for Hamas to operate efficiently.

FACT…. In June of 2007, Israel and its western allies instigated a coup in the Palestinian Authority, helped set up a puppet government in the West Bank led by former President Mahmoud Abbas, further isolating the legitimate government led by Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh.

NOW… Israel and its allies are satisfied that Palestine is once again (still) under their control and is prepared to make peace with them.

But who is THEM???? It seems that THEM is everyone BUT the Palestinians. THEM is the USA, Britain, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations (the Quartet)… Seems that EVERYONE but the Palestinians are running the affairs of Palestine. Is this the road to peace? I think not. Peace is not a one sided deal and will never become a reality without the input of the parties involved in the conflict.

Hamas officials had the following to say about Bush’s call for a ‘peace conference’….

Hamas rejected US President George W. Bush’s call for an international peace conference in the fall on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which “aims to serve the interests of the Zionist enemy” according to Hamas spokesperson Ismail Radwan.

“Such a summit will lead to increased pressure on (PA President Mahmoud) Abbas, and will tear a deeper rift between Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,” Radwan declared.

The rest can be read in THIS report from Ynet….

A short video of Bush’s speech can be viewed HERE

A New York Times report on Bush’s speech can be read HERE

And the Pièce de résistance can be read here in a report from todays’s HaAretz…

Blair to arrive in J’lem next week to start work as Quartet envoy
By Aluf Benn , Haaretz Correspondent
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to arrive in Jerusalem on Monday next week to begin work as the “Quartet” special envoy to the region.

As the emissary of the group made-up of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia, Blair has taken upon himself to establish Palestinian institutions as a basis for the future Palestinian state.

Blair’s mission will be officially launched at a meeting with Quartet ministers in Lisbon on Thursday.

Blair said he would stay in the region for one week every month. He has appointed as his chief of staff Nick Banner, who worked with Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Blair’s foreign policy adviser in Downing Street.

He intends to add staff members from the USAID agency, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

A suitable building for Blair’s office in Jerusalem has not yet been found due to high real estate prices.

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