"Hamas must be destroyed." (M. J. Koch) No problem with that. The only real question is "how?" And as I put it to you, the least effective way to do it, is to keep building in the West Bank. First, because it only plays into the hands of Islamists in helping them to paint Mahmoud Abbas and his troops as collaborators and traitors to their people. Who, in his right senses, would agree to negotiate on a piece of land while its present occupant is busy building on it houses for his family? Second, because if settlement construction continues and Israel does not separate from the Palestinians, the country will inevitably slide into a reality in which a Jewish minority is facing an impossible choice: To forcibly impose its rule over an Arab majority, OR, for those of us who are still here, to accept resignedly to live in a "one-man-one-vote" state for two peoples. It would then mark the end of a Jewish and democratic Jewish state, and the failure of the Zionist enterprise. Hamas does not pray for more.
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from the article: Gideon Levy / Obama, you won't make peace without talking to Hamas