Respect the democratic vote of the Palestinians? Leaving aside that the "democratically elected Hamas" just committed the ultimate sin for any democratic party--ie, a violent coup to make Gaza a one party state, thereby demonstrating their contempt for the "democracy" that elected them, there is one existential, non-negotial truth that must be said and learned by Israelis from Likud to Peace Now. Nobody gets to vote for Israel's destruction, NOBODY. Hamas may get 99 percent in an election, but it doesn't make any differnce, nor obligate us to submit to their most cherished plan. The end of the Israeli state--which, under the circumstances, meand the end of the Jews. If "never again" means anything, it means that. Hamas may change, maybe we can, eventually, negotiate with them, in the fullness of time. But now, they're our mortal enemy, and no enemy--or friend for that matter--who wants our demise, gets to vote for our elimation, our last final solution. Our new holocaust.
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