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  1. @Richard, this is a classic case of “motivated reasoning”, which leads you to misrepresent and misreport what Hamas has said.
    They specifically state that they accept the 67 borders as the BASIS of a PALESTINIAN state, not for Israel, and do not renounce claims for all of Palestine.
    This is explicit and clear from your NY Times link as well as Haaretz
    So your wishful thinking is twofold– once for believing that Hamas will actually carry out this change in policy, and once for misinterpreting their words.
    This is not simply non-recognition of Israel, as you stated. They do not recognize the 67 borders for Israel. This means they would temporarily accept a Palestinian state in 67 borders, only to continue the struggle.

    You should correct your story.

    1. They specifically state that they accept the 67 borders as the BASIS of a PALESTINIAN state

      Isn’t that enough? What do you want from them? To fall on their knees +kowtow?

    2. @ Yehuda: I did misread the article & have corrected the post. But you are wrong about whether Hamas has “renounced claims for all of Palestine.” By accepting a Palestinian state within 67 borders it is definitely renouncing “all of Palestine.” And even if it wasn’t, how pray tell would Hamas conquer all of Palestine? With its WMDs? F-16s? Cluster bombs? Chemical weapons? All of which Israel has and Hamas doesn’t.

      There is no mention either explicitly or implicitly that Hamas would “continue armed struggle” after it achieved a Palestinian state in 67 borders.

  2. Israel is actually quite happy with Hamas ruling Gaza – if Hamas ceases attempts to act beyond Gaza and gets along with Israel and Egypt – even if only with a tacit understanding with Israel, then most Israeli politicians would be ecstatic with this development.

    1. @ lepxii:

      Israel is actually quite happy with Hamas ruling Gaza

      Yeah, about as happy as a terminally ill patient is to know he has cancer.

      if Hamas ceases attempts to act beyond Gaza

      If you mean that Hamas should stop resistance against Israel, then you have only to recognize Israel within 67 borders, as Hamas has done regarding a Palestinian state in 67 borders. Then Hamas resistance would cease.

  3. RE: “Israel hates Hamas.” ~ R.S.

    MY QUESTION: Is this essentially some kind of self-hatred?

    SEE: “How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas”, By Andrew Higgins, The Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2009

    [EXCERPTS] Surveying the wreckage of a neighbor’s bungalow hit by a Palestinian rocket, retired Israeli official Avner Cohen traces the missile’s trajectory back to an “enormous, stupid mistake” made 30 years ago.

    “Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation,” says Mr. Cohen, a Tunisian-born Jew who worked in Gaza for more than two decades. Responsible for religious affairs in the region until 1994, Mr. Cohen watched the Islamist movement take shape, muscle aside secular Palestinian rivals and then morph into what is today Hamas, a militant group that is sworn to Israel’s destruction.

    Instead of trying to curb Gaza’s Islamists from the outset, says Mr. Cohen, Israel for years tolerated and, in some cases, encouraged them as a counterweight to the secular nationalists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its dominant faction, Yasser Arafat’s Fatah. . .

    . . . When Israel first encountered Islamists in Gaza in the 1970s and ’80s, they seemed focused on studying the Quran, not on confrontation with Israel. The Israeli government officially recognized a precursor to Hamas called Mujama Al-Islamiya, registering the group as a charity. It allowed Mujama members to set up an Islamic university and build mosques, clubs and schools. Crucially, Israel often stood aside when the Islamists and their secular left-wing Palestinian rivals battled, sometimes violently, for influence in both Gaza and the West Bank.

    “When I look back at the chain of events I think we made a mistake,” says David Hacham, who worked in Gaza in the late 1980s and early ’90s as an Arab-affairs expert in the Israeli military. “But at the time nobody thought about the possible results.” . . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123275572295011847.html

    1. @Jim: I don’t know who told you that & what they told you. But Israel is fully responsible for Hamas’ existence & behavior. Israel helped found Hamas. It refused to accept Hamas’ ekection victory. Israel placed Gaza under siege. Israel provoked Hamas attacks in response to Israeli violations of ceasefires.

      Hamas will recognize Israel when Israel recognizes Hamas as a legitimate representative of the Palestinian ppl.

      1. [comment deleted: comments will not be published here which convey blatantly false statements masquerading as fact.]

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