Some opinions have been saying "The war in Lebanon is a smoke screen for what is happening in Gaza and the West-Bank".
I say.. no, this is the nature of the media to focus on what is giving the biggest headlines.
Untill the last war, I was reading only about Israeli-Palestinian matters.
I'm not fully updated on what is going on but one thing I am waiting to hear about, is the forming of a joint government of the Hamas and Fatah.
Abu Mazen is the leader that can bring an agreement from the palestinian side.
He is moderate, logical, respected by both sides.
The Hamas were democratically elected by their people but something didnt go as it should have..
(btw , do I have a right to criticize Palestinian processes? yes, I do)
Their manifest was mainly about social plans and fighting against corruption. Somehow, they gave people the ambigious feeling that their approach in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not be what it is today; Not recognizing Israel and claiming they are not accountable for any agreement.
Forget for a moment about Israel in relation to that.. think about the Palestinian cause.. does this approach benefit them or damage them?
So Israel and the US reaction could have been predicted. What about the European Union? shouldnt that ring some alarm bells?
Still, Hamas being elected means they have sufficient support and must be represnted.
So either they change their approach to a more pragmatic one or they form a coallition with the Fatah.
I'm just hoping to see Abu Mazen back in a powerful position.
(and there are other Fatah members who are also respected by both sides)