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Eager to believe Hamas? Not so much and I don't really understand what that means. Politics isn't coloured in shades of black and white for me like it is for you.
The evidence being, that despite the picture many Israelis paint of Hamas, it is clear that they are open to negotiation and they have acquiesced into some of Israel's demands.
We see it in this latest round of violence. Hamas has enforced the ceasefire, and despite the recent shooting of a Palestinian man and 10 others, Hamas has not even blamed it on Israel.
We've seen Egypt and Jordan change their position on Israel overtime, why not Hamas?
Even more pertinently, why was there no settlement from 1993 to 2006 with Fatah at a time where they had renounced violence and proved to be pragmatic and fair.
From 1967 onwards, no Arab country managed to negotiate a peace settlement with Israel that would establish an autonomous Palestinian state where the Palestinians would live in peace and dignity.
So, ignore their past contentions? Ignore their ideological characteristics? And therefore, shine a positive line on their supposed "willingness" to work with Israel??
It only shows Hamas is becoming adept at playing by the rules of the game.
There's this enormous jump in your logic from isolated event which contradicts their founding logic
I gave you a perfectly sound explanation for what Hamas would be likely to do with political power in a future Palestinian state
Simply because Israel never trusted Arafat, for good reason. At no point did Arafat give them reason to believe that he could be trusted.
Why wasn't one established by Egypt or Jordan between 1949 to 1967? That's a deeper question that sheds much light on the Arab Leagues agenda against Israel.
Here's where I think Israeli policy is going in the next few years: annexation of Gaza and the West Bank, and rewarding Palestinian Arabs full Israeli citizenship with it's economic perks.
At no point did I say they should ignore Hamas' past indiscretions.
The same occurred with Egypt, Jordan and the PLO.
Lets not forget Hamas roots. It was founded as a charity and acted as a charity.
Firstly a Palestinian state would be demilitarised.
If the group was so hell bent on destroying Israel, why have they officially ceased to use suicide bombings and opened itself to negotiation with Israel.
I love that you always find a way to deflect the facts.
Israeli politicians have not hinted to this at all.
It is not founded in fact and I have no clue how your mind came to it.
Hamas’s strengthened position might even pave the way for unilateral actions by Israel sought by some on the right — annexing parts of the West Bank, for example, or shutting off Gaza more completely — that redraw the political landscape, analysts say.
“I see many on the Israeli right who have an interest in this reality,” said Shlomo Brom, director of the program on Israel-Palestinian relations at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. “If, like Netanyahu, you don’t want an agreement or you don’t believe in one,” he added, “it is very comfortable for them that Hamas is there.
Still, Mr. Yousef, a former Haniya adviser who now runs a research organization, House of Wisdom, offered some hints at moderation himself. He said Hamas, which has opposed the United Nations bid almost as vociferously as Israel, would no longer speak against it. Asked about his vision for a Palestinian state, Mr. Yousef’s contours echoed those of Mr. Abbas: 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as the capital. As for recognizing Israel, he said, “We’ll talk about it when we have a Palestinian state.”