July 01, 2003

Jailhouse Diplomacy The Marwan Barghouti

Jailhouse Diplomacy

The Marwan Barghouti angle:

"The hudna came about on three planes: There were negotiations between Abu Mazen [Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas] and the Palestinian organizations; there were negotiations between Barghouti and these organizations; and there were talks between groups of prisoners in the jails," says Haaretz Arab Affairs Editor Danny Rubinstein.

"The prisoners are considered the avant-garde of the various Palestinian movements, and without their imprimatur, nothing can go forward. Thus it is that one of the central conditions of the hudna is the release of prisoners."

Posted by Gregory at July 1, 2003 04:55 PM
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