Another translation from the Russian-language Israeli press, once again from the Courier newspaper.
Tomorrow, international academics and security experts will meet in Madrid to consider ways that democratic countries can respond to the threat of terrorism without destroying the civil liberties that are an integral part of democracy itself. The conference is expected to endorse tackling terrorism by addressing root causes, and relying on the use of force only as a last resort.
Today's Courier article - Переговоры Европы с ХАМАСом: тайное становится явным (European Talks with HAMAS: The Secret is Out) - suggests that Spain and France are getting an early start on that approach, and are offering Hamas diplomatic incentives to move away from violent struggle against Israel, and into the Palestinian political process.
Translation, and all errors therein, brought to you courtesy of Lawrence of Cyberia.
European Talks with HAMAS: The Secret is Out
U.P.I. reports that according to a document leaked by a Palestinian source, envoys from Miguel Angel Moratinos, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, have conducted talks in Beirut and Damascus with leaders of the terrorist organization Hamas.
According to the same source, the Spanish and French governments are considering the possibility of removing Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations in the near future, since the organization has begun to take part in political activity and is already active in the Palestinian Authority’s municipal power structures.
The Saudi newspaper Ash-Sharq al-Awsat, which is published in London, published an article yesterday which contained the same information.
According to Ash-Sharq al-Awsat, in exchange for being removed from the “black list”, Hamas is to completely refrain from taking part in acts of violence against Israelis, including suicide bombing.
The news agency A.F.P. reported on 7 March that Israel accuses France, and, to a lesser extent, a certain French charity organization of aiding Hamas. According to the source, the I.D.F. discovered documents that prove a transfer of this organization’s funds to banks in Ramallah, and also direct and indirect support to terrorists.
Source - MIGnews.com