Hamas Israel Paleostinians Peace Plans

Ismail Haniyeh in His Own Words…….

When trying to understand the difficulties Israel has in reaching a permanent peace with the Palestinians, one must take into account Hamas’ own intransigence vis-a-vis Israel and finding permanent solution to ending the conflict. Here is but a few of the many intransigent statements made by Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Palestinian Authority:

Refusal to recognize Israel’s existence

From an interview in the Saudi daily paper Aljazeera (2 April):

“As far as we’re concerned, the issue of recognition of Israel has been settled once and for all. It has been settled in our political literature, in our Islamic thought and in our Jihadist culture, on which we base our moves. Recognition of Israel is out of the question. We have been advocating the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital and the return of the refugees. In exchange for all that, we will declare a truce, but no recognition of Israel.”

On the day commemorating the Naqba, Haniyeh gave a speech in which he stressed, “We are concentrating on politics but have not abandoned our arms” (al-Hayat al-Jadeeda, 15 May).

These statements –and others– represent their (Hamas and its supporters) very clear goals, that see any recognition of Israel as being a deterement to their future aims, which is the destruction of Israel with an Islamist Palestinian state in its place. One of the requirements for future negotiations with Israel is the renouncing of the use of violence (terrorism), something the late Yasser Arafat agreed to on the lawn of the White House.

That Arafat was disingenuous about his overall intentions as he signed that agreement in front of the world’s leaders, does not excuse the Palestinians’ from their responsibility in fullfilling that agreement. As head of the Palestinian Authority, this also binds the Hamas to the same agreement as Fattah.

One has to ask him/herself about Hamas’ long term goals. If a negotiated settlement to the conflict is the chief aim for both sides — something that will end in a two state solution– why is it that the Hamas refuses to officially recognize the Israeli state that it must one day sit down with and negotiate a permenant/mutual solution?

If you can’t wrap your mind around that engima, then you must conclude that Israel has to wait until an eventual peace settlement can be negotiated with their “former enemies“, not with the present day one that seeks its destruction. *L* KGS

3 Responses

  1. Tke key word here is Hudna (“truce”):

    “According to Umdat as-Salik, a medieval summary of Shafi’i jurisprudence, hudnas with a non-Muslim enemy should be limited to 10 years: “if Muslims are weak, a truce may be made for ten years if necessary, for the Prophet made a truce with the Quraysh for that long, as is related by Abu Dawud” (‘Umdat as-Salik, o9.16).”

  2. 40 years past the six day war it is a good moment to figure out the main results of the war. First, Arab leaders realized Israel is not defeatable by conventional warfare. Second, the new role for PLO (as a terrorist organisation) was founded – partly as a result for the first conclusion. Third, sosialistic world had only two decades to go, which at that time was beyond imagination, but was heavily resulted by the first and second conclusions.

    The current view of the majority is, that terrorism has its roots in the ground fertilized by US military actions in abroad and the dominance of American culture. If only we looked back in the past, and think when the terrorism (as understood in its present form) began, we’d quite easily point the origin in the 1960-70s.

    Europe is so used to all kinds of fanaticism, that this will be a big challenge for us, but US has a better chance to defense itself. How to end terrorism? Possible only after the Arab-countries don’t get funds out of oil-export. It would be the best moment right now to drag a complete social reform through those nations, but it won’t happen. People are uneducated, victims of decades continued brain wash and unemployment.

  3. I believe that the both of you have a firm grasp of the situation….somewhat of a rarity in this day and age..indeed.

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