Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas phoned his Israeli counterpart Ariel Sharon last Monday, to congratulate him on the success of the operation to forcefully remove 8,000 Jewish settlers from their homes in Gaza as part of Israel's unilateral disengagement from the area.
At the same time a much more important, if less symbolic, conversation was taking place in Syria - between Abbas's deputy, Palestinian Authority (PA) prime minister Ahmed Qureia, and representatives of Hamas, the militant...
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