In Ha’aretz this morning, eternal pundit Yoel Marcus comes out for including Hamas in peace negotiations:
Abbas and his buddies no longer reflect or represent the Palestinian reality of spring 2008.
…America must initiate and accept a change in the makeup of the Palestinian delegation, namely, the addition of a Hamas representative. This will allow the Israeli side to speak to those who are really running the Palestinian show today. Will Hamas want to? Will it say yes? That is the ultimate test of the Bush administration.
Marcus usually represents stolid, mildly left-of-center establishment thinking, as soporific as a Labor pol’s speech. For him to argue that Hamas must be included in talks indicates that the idea is moving from radical to conventional.
Other not terribly wild-eyed types have been voicing similar ideas.