No Reprieve for Hamas

[New Republic] Martin Peretz - Israel is gradually crippling Hamas by killing its armed men and demolishing its arms caches and tunnels. The IDF can ill afford to stop the fighting when a reprieve would permit Hamas to start with its missilery again. It is true that most Palestinians aspire to statehood, and Israel as a whole longs for the Palestinians' statehood, too. But the fact is that, fragmented as the Palestinian will is, prone to violence as its political culture is, peace will not be an axiomatic consequence of independence.

2009-01-08 06:00:00

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