JERUSALEM — Israeli and Palestinian
officials met in Amman, Jordan, on Tuesday, their first encounter in
more than a year, and while little emerged, the meeting said a great
deal about the crossroads facing the Palestinians — and the entire
Middle East — as political Islam emerges as a potentially transformative
force in the region.
While officials of the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority and the Israelis were meeting under the auspices of King Abdullah II of Jordan, who enjoys Western backing, the Hamas prime minister of Gaza, Ismail Haniya, was in Turkey dismissing the session and expressing his movement’s solidarity with what he called “the Islamic spring.”
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