Whacky Scandinavian politicians like Sweden’s, Carl Bildt, are displeased.
First, read the following nonsense from, Carolin Goerzig, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris, contributing in a joint report for the Finnish UPI:
Hard choices: The EU’s Options in a Changing Middle East
Blockades – as with all sanctions – have a devastating effect on the remainder of the middle class, thus erasing foundations for any possible democratic change. The sealing of Gaza also diminished prospects for any real economy to flourish, feeding into Hamas’s credibility within the Gaza population.
The decision to bypass Hamas for not meeting the Quartet principles prompted the Quartet, as well as the rest of the international community with vested interests in the conflict, to focus on the West Bank First. International pressure exerted on the movement in order to extract compliance yielded no results, and Hamas’s leadership often cites the electoral victory in 2006 as evidence of the Palestinian people choosing resistance rather than a settlement based on the Oslo accords to which Fatah adheres: “Hamas started where Fatah ended.”
Carolin Goerzig believes that all terrorist groups, including Hamas, have to be negotiated with, and that the (weapons) blockade of Gaza -described solely as to thwart the removal of Gilad Schalit from the Gaza Strip, makes no mention of it as being an anti-weapons blockade- has been a failure, with sustained overwhelming support for Hamas as proof.
Take another look at that support in light of the following poll, which shows that is in fact crumbling. It makes hash out of Goerzig’s analysis that the Gaza blockade is indeed counter productive. While there is no proof that the anti-weapons blockade will force the Arabs to reject violence and sue for real peace, placating these violent intransigent terrorists however, has proven time and again to be a sure way to ensure that Da Var Vil Go On. KGS
Israel Project: Poll results of Palestinian public opinion
Just Journalism noted how the only British coverage of the initial results ignored the significant evidence of Palestinian rejectionism. Since the publication of the full poll data, there has been no coverage in the British media.
Of particular significance among the poll’s findings are Hamas’ low approval ratings, mixed support for a two-state solution, the prevalence of socially conservative attitudes among the respondents, and the endorsement of extremist statements and policies.
Dwindling support for Hamas
The results seem to indicate a clear preference among those polled for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ secular Fatah party, as opposed to the Islamist Hamas movement which currently rules the Gaza Strip.
One section of the poll asked participants to indicate their ‘feelings toward some people, countries, and organizations’. Only 19 per cent of those polled viewed Hamas ‘warmly,’ with 56 per cent viewing them ‘coldly’. In contrast, 52 per cent had a positive view of Fatah and only 23 per cent viewed them negatively.