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    • chris (munich)
    • 04.07.11 | 13:37 (IDT)

    I am not convinced that Hamas really has well defined aims, in the sense of working consistently and unitedly towards clear goals. Their charter may call for the reversal of the Zionist takeover of Palestine, and there is quite a lot of anti-Jewish talk. The anti-Jewish talk is vile racism, just like the anti-Arab talk in Israel. Reversing the Zionist takeover may seem repugnant to Israelis, but so does the romanticisation of "next year in Jerusalem", or "a land without a people for a people without a land" to Palestinians. But their program probably bears the same relation to what they would do once firmly in power as the Bolshevik program to the actions of the USSR. At the moment Hamas is not in a position to make a reasonable deal with Israel, and the fault is very far from all their own.

    from the article: The blockade is the problem
    First published 02:21 04.07.11 | Last updated 02:21 04.07.11
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