Those palis are pretty sneaky, folks – they have proposed open secret negotiations but Israel has rejected the proposal. According to the source, the proposal aims at circumventing the road map by jumping to final status talks prior to clamping down on terrorist infrastructure. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said that during his recent visit to Washington he had offered to open a back channel of negotiations.
Sources briefed by the palestinians said Abbas told Bush that he has no intention of forming a coalition with Hamas after the January elections, and for that reason there was no chance that the U.S. would have to deal with elected Hamas officials holding cabinet positions. Shyeah, riiiiight.