United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday in response to a reporter’s question that the recent split between Fatah and Hamas is not necessarily an obstacle to the creation of a Palestinian Authority-led state in Israel. Rather, she said, the creation of a PA state would be the “unifying force” that would lead PA Arabs to “decide whether they are outside the consensus.”
Rice explained that a PA state would be created “when conditions are ripe,” and said that the U.S. would refuse to talk with groups such as Hamas that reject the two-state solution. The PA leadership has decided to accept Israel’s existence, she said. Hamas, which won the most recent PA elections, must realize that the “Arab consensus” accepts the two-state solution, according to Rice.