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The basis for a tacit deal in the Middle East

Both Hamas' leaders and Israel's political mainstream are convinced that a `final status' peace is a delusion

By Aluf Benn  /  THE GUARDIAN , TEL AVIV

In his recent article that appeared in the Guardian, he clung to his destruction rhetoric while offering a long-term truce. Would he and his colleagues shelve their unacceptable ideology in return for political legitimacy? The past year has shown that Hamas is highly disciplined and adept at realpolitik. If pursued earnestly, this policy could be the kernel of the next stage of Middle East diplomacy.

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