By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:
Many issues are afoot.
This past week Abdullah King of Jordan met Haled Mashal, the Hamas politburo chief, in Amman.
We were told that the discussion was about Palestinian statehood. We naturally assumed that Abdullah was trying to convince Mashal to reconcile with Abbas so that the Palestinians can unite and make a state.
Well, not quite. It seems that one of the things they discussed was a way to empower Abdullah so that he becomes a mediator between Hamas and the United States.
There is more. We are now being told that Mashal asked the King of Jordan to deliver a message to President Obama informing that Hamas now accepts the idea of two states.
That information must be verified and then, if it is true, it must be publicly pronounced.
There is no question about it - if Hamas announces that they accept the idea of two states it removes one major obstacle in the path of the United States leading to direct discussions with Israel.
Of course, there are several other huge problems to be overcome before Israel and any Palestinians sit down and talk. One of the most significant is the sponsorship of terror by Hamas.
But there is no doubt that the US would look very positively on Hamas if they publicly announced their recognition of Israel within the '67 borders.
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