What Would Hamas Have to Do for Israel to Deal with Them?

(Christian Science Monitor) Christa Case Bryant - Hamas' charter calls it a religious obligation to wage jihad for the Palestinian cause, and to restore all of Palestine to Palestinian control. That includes modern-day Israel. Israel, like the international Quartet - the U.S., UN, EU, and Russia - insists that Palestinian parties to the peace process must recognize Israel, give up violence, and adhere to previous diplomatic agreements. Hamas has done none of these things. Therefore, Israel has refused not only to deal with a government that includes Hamas, but also a government that is "backed by" Hamas. So even if Abbas led a government with no Hamas members, and it agrees to the Quartet principles, that wouldn't be enough for Israel. Hamas itself would have to adopt those three principles.

2014-04-30 00:00:00

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