Segev: Hamas is not Fatah - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Bloomfield
    • 30.01.06 | 17:26 (IST)

    Once Fatah indicated that it was prepared to recognize Israel, serious discussion was possible between the two sides. The only meaningful basis for talks is the exchange of land for peace. Hamas has long maintained it is only willing to exchange land for a ceasefire or hudna. For the Jews this is a non-starter. It is easy to try and fit a square peg into a round hole, i.e. compare Fatah with Hamas, but the two organizations are very different. One is rationalist secular while the other is intensely religious. This is the same as comparing liberal democrats in the West with born again Christians. The comparison is inappropriate. It is not up to the Jews to decide if Hamas is willing to have meaningful discussion. It is tempting to believe that there is some magic formula that can solve our problems, if we can only find it. Talks are fine, but even more important is to find a partner who is determined to end the conflict. -Bloomfield-

    from the article: Looking back in anger
    First published 00:00 30.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 30.01.06
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