Friday, July 24, 2009

Allowing Israel to exist

Hamas is famous for having a charter that commits it to ending Israel's existence. Usually, Hamas is contrasted with Fatah, who are seen as the 'good guys.' But guess what: according to a senior Fatah official, that organization has never acknowledged Israel's right to existence and has no intention of ever doing so.

Fatah will convene a general assembly on August 4 to review its policies, including this one. Several senior Fatah figures have spoken out against any recognition of Israel; it will be interesting to see if their views prevail, or if Fatah manages to change course.

If none of the Palestinian leaders accepts Israel's right to exist, how can any outsiders, whether the United States, the EU or the UN, steer the Mideast conflict to a peaceful conclusion? (Thanks to Jihad Watch.)

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