Is Peace with the Palestinians Possible Today?

(Jerusalem Post) Hillel Frisch - For Hamas, peace would mean openly acknowledging that the dream of Palestine "from the river to the sea" is no longer attainable. Peace would also mean the end of Iranian military aid, and Turkish and Qatari support. Peace threatens the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas with nightmarish scenarios if the IDF is withdrawn, with a possible takeover by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Abbas and his coterie only have to look at how Fatah supporters fare in the Hamas one-party state of Gaza. If Hamas takes over the West Bank, consider the fires, incendiary bombs and daily attacks along the security fence that would occur, threatening traffic on Route 6, Israel's largest highway, and Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel's major international airport. An occasional mortar volley would be sufficient to close down both key transportation arteries. The writer is a professor of political and Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan University and a senior research associate at its Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

2019-07-11 00:00:00

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