Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. D.Khatinoglu / Recent discussions have been held over the conflict between Palestine and Israel, with the population of both countries welcoming the step.
"The general public is more interested in the meeting in Annapolis than the respective governments are," said Ahmad Zeydabadi, an Iranian political scientist and expert on Israeli-Palestinian issues.
The conference on regulation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was held by the initiative of the United States in Annapolis on 27 November. Annapolis is situated 50km from the capital of the United States, and is where the United States Central Military-Marine Academy is located.
Among those in attendance at the conference were the Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert; the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas; the UN General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon; as well as representatives from a range of foreign countries.
"The results of the public poll held in Palestine showed that about 70% of population of the country welcomed the discussions held in Annapolis and supported Abbas's participation in the discussions.
Therefore, the majority of the population hope for positive settlement of the issue," Zeydabadi said.
The HAMAS organization boycotted the meeting and stated that they would not recognize results of the discussions. HAMAS' chairman Iman Taha informed the Alalam news agency in an interview that they would hinder the signing of any agreements.
According to Zeydabadi, HAMAS does not have the same influence among the population as it had before. The organization cannot impose any other pressure than causing disorder in some Western regions of Israel and within the gas sector. In return, Israel seeks to take aim at HAMAS' headquarters.
Zeydabadi believes that interference by Iran in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would not lead to positive results. " Iran should offer some changes into the countries' foreign policy and try not to interfere in the conflict," Zeydabadi said.
According to the Iranian IRNA agency, the spiritual leader of the country, Ali Khamenei, considered the meeting in Annapolis to be a trap for Arabic countries and asked them not to join the conference.