Saturday, October 21, 2006

I love Hamas

Okay, I don’t really love Hamas, but I love their honesty. Here is a blunt Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar:

"We will never recognize Israel, and the end the [fate of] Zionists will be like that of the Crusaders, the Persians and the English, who left. We want all of Palestine, every centimeter, from the river to the sea, from Rosh Hanikra to Rafah. If we can form a state within the 1967 borders we will do so, but this doesn't mean that we will relinquish our right to every centimeter of Palestine's land.”

I love the fact that this raving fundamentalist lunatic has the title “Palestinian Foreign Minister.” Why? Simple—because now the mask is off for the whole world to hear the Palestinians in their extremist splendor.

This doesn’t mean I am happy that Israel has no negotiating partner, because I’m not. But Israel hasn’t had a trustworthy negotiating partner… ever. We now know—and many of us knew before—that Arafat’s PA sometimes talked the talk about peace in English (but not in Arabic), but they never meant it. The result was that Israel was pressured into making dangerous concessions to the PA, even though it had no intentions of coming to a final peace settlement.

But with Hamas, what you see is what you get. At least Israel knows where it stands, and everybody knows where the Palestinians stand.

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