"It all starts with Israel"

Very, very evasive answers from Ismail Haniyeh in this WaPo interview. Every question led him to state Israel's position rather than Hamas'... The lack of clarity may be strategic, but it hardly encourages trust or even comprehension of Hamas' standards for peace. Maybe it's just too early in the game.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.