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Let me frame it this way: Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt are all controlled by an Islamist majority in their parliaments. This represents a fundamental change in the direction of the Arab world, particularly in its ability to make peace with israel.
This is pretty much the only rational and probable outcome of Hamas' executive rhetoric and it's unyielding support by Egypt and other Islamic countries.
While we in the west (to my surprise) are beginning to speak candidly about what Hamas is all about, and what they ultimately intend, the Arabs (and Muslims at large) go on about treading their own path, ignoring world opinion.
If peace is made with Fatah, Hamas will inherit the newly found government. Hamas has a larger grassroots support amongst Palestinians than Fatah. Hamas would have a majority government.
A party which has repeated it's stated goals of "eliminating the Zionist entity" intimates genocide by such calls, yet very few people - at least at this site - have the moral audacity to confront this situation.
Built-up Israeli settlement areas in the West Bank cover less than 2 percent of the land, but government planners have intentionally given settlers control of more than 40 percent, the Israeli human rights monitoring group B'Tselem said Monday.
Dani Dayan, chairman of the settlers council, said settlements control just 9.2 percent of the West Bank, not 42 percent.
Israel's severe restrictions on Palestinians' freedom of movement in the West Bank are enforced by a system of fixed checkpoints, surprise flying checkpoints, physical obstructions, roads on which Palestinians are forbidden to travel, and gates along the Separation Barrier. The restrictions enable Israel to control Palestinian movement throughout the West Bank as suits its interests, in a sweeping breach of Palestinians' rights.
In February 2012, there were 98 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank.
At some of the checkpoints, Israel prohibits crossing for private Palestinian vehicles, apart from those with special permits, and in principle allows crossing only for public transportation and commercial vehicles.
In addition, Israel has blocked the access roads to some of the main traffic arteries in the West Bank by means of hundreds of physical obstructions, such as dirt piles, concrete blocks, iron gates, and trenches.
Another restriction is forbidding Palestinians to use certain roads. In October 2010, there were 232 kilometers of roads in the West Bank that Israel classified for the sole, or almost sole, use of Israelis, primarily of settlers. Israel also prohibits Palestinians from even crossing some of these roads with vehicles, thereby restricting their access to nearby roads that they are ostensibly not prohibited from using. In these cases, Palestinians travelers have to get out of the vehicle, cross the road on foot, and find an alternative mode of transportation on the other side.
In addition to the above restrictions, the Separation Barrier, which was built mostly inside the West Bank, impairs Palestinian movement.
If peace is made with Fatah, Hamas will inherit the newly found government. Hamas has a larger grassroots support amongst Palestinians than Fatah. Hamas would have a majority government. A party which has repeated it's stated goals of "eliminating the Zionist entity" intimates genocide by such calls, yet very few people - at least at this site - have the moral audacity to confront this situation.
Keept to 2 state solution, and the international rules will be very clear. Whomever steps across the line, will face world condemnation with international actions applied - diplomacy, sanctions, etc.
Originally posted by curiouscanadian777
And again, they're the ones who forced themselves there; they could've had a nice little colony in Africa, South America, North America, wherever, but oh no, it had to be there. I'd say they knew what they were in for, they asked for it, and they've consistently aggravated/antagonized everyone in the area. Whether it was necessary or not (ie, show of strength/determination) is another debate, but it's what they've done.
Second, the only people who are going to support Hamas are the extremists. If Hamas gains a majority of the government, it will only be by force, like in 2007 or by the extremists.
Third, if Hamas was so sure that they stood a strong chance, they wouldn't be putting off Gaza elections.
If what you are saying is true, most Palestinians are Muslim extremists.
You REJECT the 2 state solution, so what are proposing instead? Status quo? Have you gone insane?
Do you prefer to keep Palestine in your backyard, with autonomous self rule and subject them to Israeli laws without Isreali citizenship?
Keept to 2 state solution, and the international rules will be very clear.
Originally posted by Tw0Sides
How about we let the Palestinian People Determine their own Gov. Even if it Pisses Off Israel.