Israel Must Not Negotiate with Hamas

["All Things Considered"-NPR] Dore Gold - Q: Can you imagine an outcome of this conflict with a recognition of Hamas' status in Gaza? Gold: Hamas is the Palestinian division of the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition force in Egypt. Legitimizing Hamas rule in the Gaza Strip has implications for the future stability of the Egyptian government. The same is true in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan where there's a huge Muslim Brotherhood presence. Should Hamas become legitimized in Gaza, what would that do for the future stability of the Jordanian kingdom? Many countries in the Arab world who are publicly objecting to Israel's self-defense operations are privately rooting for Israel and hoping Israel puts a real damper at Hamas' capabilities because they themselves have problems with the radical Islamist groups in their own countries.

2009-01-02 06:00:00

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