Sarid's theory: attack on Thursday was by radical elements designed to derail peace and it is peace which the majority of arabs really want. Well, suggest he take a look at the interview below: http://www.memri.org/clip/en/0/0/0/0/239/0/3051.htm There are two main points: 1. Hamas will never relinquish Islamic "right" to all the land of Israel 2. Israel fled from Gaza due to the Hamas 'resistance' (ie sending thousands of mortars and rockets on israeli men, women, and children) and if we (Hamas) will do the same resistance in Yehuda and Shomron we will get all of that too. This is the reality. Its time we dealt with it. Hamas was elected by the local population in Gaza so it is to a large extent a function of the grass-roots, of the radicalization trend in the muslim world. Is it not a minority movement, rather more and more mainstream, there will be no peace with it. Even the supposedly moderate PA is a big charade, simply a band of terrorists pretending to be a moderate government-in-waiting. See Memri translation of interview with Nabil Shaath. Its time we dealt with this reality. As for us losing our friends, well, if our hasbara = 'sorry, we're wrong, oops, sorry we attacked, we didn't really mean it, and other pathetic apologetics, then guess what, after awhile the world starts to believe us. We need to believe in ourselves. As the outgoing UK ambassador said a few months ago, if Israel would claim that it has a biblical right over Yehuda and Shomron, the UK would understand it. As long as we believe in our right to this land, and project that internationally, we will have all the friends we need.
from the article: Israel is isolating itself from all its Mideast allies