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Press holds breath for Palestinian talks
Arab-Israeli Press

Ahead of Tuesday's summit in Mecca between Palestinian factions on forming a unity government, the Palestinian press insists that Hamas and Fatah must finally find a way to come together after so many other talks have failed.

One paper says everyone is past the "wishes" stage and demands "tangible results" from the talks; another warns the leaders to agree, or be "stoned" by the Palestinian people.

Papers in the wider Middle East warn that the success of the talks depends on the Palestinians, not their Saudi hosts or other outsiders.

EDITORIAL IN PALESTINIAN AL-QUDS

Like other Palestinians in this occupied and wounded homeland, we hope the meeting will succeed. Only our people's enemies want this meeting to fail. We are past the wishes stage and would like to see tangible results on the ground.

HAFITH BARGHOUTHI IN PALESTINIAN AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDAH

Reach an agreement in Mecca and return to us, the disaster-stricken people of this sad land, with good news so that we can retrieve our national project from its ruins. Agree, stone the Satan of discord and do not let down Kaaba and your people. Otherwise, you will be the ones to be stoned.

MAHMOUD HABABSH IN AL-HAYAT AL-JADIDAH

Our national, moral and religious duties require us to reach an agreement on a practical and realistic programme that will help our people avoid disaster. If the negotiators return from Mecca with such an agreement, they will find a united people waiting for them and ready to cheer them on. But if they fail, may God help us all.

RAJAB ABU-SURAYYA IN PALESTINIAN AL-AYYAM

If the Mecca meeting succeeds, it will establish a new Palestinian political system based on the principles of partnership and pluralism which will pave the way for holding a new Arab summit. This is a necessary step to help the Arab peoples avoid the calamity of civil war which is appearing on the horizon, and even a regional war.

ABD-AL-BARI ATWAN IN PAN-ARAB AL-QUDS AL-ARABI

The question is: How can the Mecca meeting succeed when previous meetings in Gaza, Damascus and Cairo have all failed? This is not a matter of kissing beards and giving lengthy speeches about the need to stop the shedding of Palestinian blood. What is required is a discussion of the real reasons that have led to this regrettable situation.

AVI ISSACHAROFF IN ISRAEL'S HAARETZ

[Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas understands that by agreeing to a government with Hamas he invites a confrontation with the US. The new government will not recognise Israel and will not meet the Quartet's demands. But Abbas prefers tension with the Americans to civil war with Hamas.

ISRAEL'S YEDIOT AHARONOT

Suddenly, people in the Arab world and also in Israel are praying for the return of Fatah, for the coming of Mahmoud Abbas. After 10 years during which some among us took pride in liquidating Fatah's leaders and members, they are now searching for ways to assist the organisation because the land is being taken over by Hamas - Too late!

TARIQ MASARWA IN JORDAN'S AL-RA'Y

The Mecca meeting between [head of Hamas political bureau Khaled] Meshaal and Abbas, under confident Saudi auspices, plans to succeed and has to succeed! Fatah and Hamas failed to lead the Palestinian people. They have to agree, not on power sharing, but on preparing a leadership.

MUHAMMAD RUMAIHI IN OMAN'S AL-WATAN

If Palestinians have lost the will and ability to agree, no force, whether Egyptian or Saudi, will be able to implant such a national will in them.

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