430 - 2/20/2006 6:17 PM
How about Hamas taking a couple of steps in the right direction, e.g. recognizing Israel, Recognizing Israel's right to exist, cracking down on Terrorism.
How about Israel recongnizing the Palestinians right for self determination, existance and above all dignity? I am not saying that Hamas is an angel, as matter of fact I know that they have a criminal element and are simply an Iranian pion. Hamas has come to power because of the lack of interest in real peace by the Israelis and the US, it's that simple. The Palestinians would not have voted for them if Fatah's dick has not been made so flacid...
Hamas is a mistake, an Israeli mistake that will cost Isrealis and Palestinians for a long time.
Edit: read this interview by NPR to get an Idea who Hamas is:
"Prof. KHALIDI: Well, as Dr. Ranstorp says, Hamas grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood which, in the Gaza Strip, was not only quietist; most Palestinians would say was collaborationist, was--became a tool of the Israeli occupation against the nationalist movement there, against the PLO.
Muslim Brotherhood thugs beat up PLO leaders in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In fact, they were taken from the Gaza Strip across Israel to the West Bank to do this--could only have done so with the connivance of the Israeli security authorities. And it was against this perceived collaborationism with the occupation that Hamas was founded. It was a revolt against the quietist collaborationist philosophy that the Muslim Brotherhood had been following up to that point."
If you read between the lines you will pick up who actually encouraged Hamas to be a player to offset Fatah...