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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Maurice Ostroff on the Hamas conundrum (IHT)

Various desperate attempts to make believe that the Hamas wants peace, to claim that they want peace or that they almost want peace, are always refuted by Hamas spokespeople. The International Herald Tribune sometimes loves to engage in wishful thinking. Maurice Ostroff notes some of the salient problems.
Ami Isseroff

March 28, 2007
From Maurice Ostroff
To The editor
International Herald Tribune

The statement in your editorial that seeking an opening for genuine peace in the Israel-Palestinian conflict will not be easy, is unfortunately too true. (The Hamas conundrum March 27).
In fact, there can be no hope at all of a peaceful solution, unless the following essential factors are addressed.
Palestinians cannot be expected to think of peace while their state controlled media teach children to emulate suicide martyrs, video clips portray happy child martyrs in the after-world and hatred is spewed daily in mosques and schools. See
Article 9 of the PLO Covenant declares plainly that armed struggle is not merely tactical, it is the overall strategy. Article 19 rejects the 1947 UN partition, thereby rejecting the Quartet's proposed  two-state solution and advocating destruction of the entire Jewish state. Article 20 unashamedly deems the Balfour Declaration and the British Mandate null and void.
Peaceful negotiation is emphatically ruled out by the Hamas charter. Article 13 states that peaceful solutions and international conferences, contradict the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement and that the only solution is through Jihad.
We must also ask if it is possible to negotiate rationally with a party that generates hatred based on fantasies. For example the Hamas Charter states that freemasons, Rotary clubs, Lions and similar organizations stirred the French and Communist revolutions as well as World War I, formed the League of Nations and control the world media. It promises that these organizations will be obliterated when Islam takes control. Obviously, to be realistic, any proposed solution for the conflict must take the above considerations into account. 

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