Paris, France -- Any mediation should concentrate on an immediate cease-fire and the release of all prisoners from both sides. But to avoid a return to square one, an agreement has to be struck on the key issues: the recognition of Israel by Hamas and the acceptance of the results of democratic elections in Palestine by Israel.
I would say to Israel that undermining Hamas will have the same results that undermining the PLO had: making room for a more radical movement; and to Hamas I would say that they will anyway have to recognize Israel sooner or later. Given the balance of power, the sooner the better.
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