How to turn Hamas into the Palestinian Samson - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Guido Courtois
    • 18.10.11 | 16:45 (IST)

    First you hand 1027 prisoners to Hamas so that as many extended families can rejoice; you show everyone that moderation doesn't pay, only hard action and total inflexibility. Your partner becomes reliable and it will be safe to hate him. Then you make your strategic move of closing the ring around East Jerusalem look like a concession to the extreme nationalist and religious parties and pressure groups and tell the world your hands were tied. Now all you have to do is wait for Hamas to seize power in the West Bank, and work out a zero-sum solution with them. An integrist-dominated Palestinian society is the best guarantee for a permanent standoff : one state and a half, armed peace, containment. Arik can smile in his dreams.

    from the article: A boon to Hamas, at Fatah's expense
    First published 03:08 18.10.11 | Last updated 03:08 18.10.11
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