As the latest round of Middle East Peace Talks kicked off yesterday, public opinion across the Arab world could have been mapped out in a colorful spectrum, if one wished to do so. Opinions on the talks’ prospects ranged from the supportive to optimistic to downright pessimistic.
My own view is that this whole peace process is a sham, that it will result in nothing at all, and in the rare scenario that it does lead to something, that ‘something’ will not be accepted by the Palestinian populace in general, because it will be seen as “forced” upon the Palestinian.
The primary concerns are many and none of them have been addressed properly before the launch of these ‘negotiations’. In this story, In this piece, Al Jazeera’s Inside Story takes a look at one of these concerns, which is the issue of Hamas not being included in the talk. Hamas in the democratically elected representative of Gaza and by not negotiating with Hamas at the table, the peace process is ostensibly being worked out with just one-half of the Palestinian population.