The Problem with Islamists- Palestine example II

Ex- President Carter met with Hamas leaders in Damascus. During these meetings, the exiled leaders reportedly indicated to ex President Carter their willingness to be part of the peace process and to accept all the elements it entails from renouncing violence to recognizing Israel.

After the meeting, not surprisingly, followed clarifications and follow ups on what Hamas really said and meant.

Mr. Carter should have known better.

Hamas is incapable of meeting the internationally accepted requirements of peace with Israel.

Hamas got invovled in elections in an entity, the PA, that was the product of Oslo. By participating in the electoral process, Hamas de facto accepted the process that produced this entity.

However, Hamas wants to have its cake and eat it too. They want to rule over Oslo's creation while refusing the premises of the Oslo agreements. This is disingenious.

Detaching themselves from modern political and diplomatic language, insead of peace, they offer a long term Hudna/truce with Israel.

Well, Hudna did not create the PA.

The Islamists of Hamas have put themselves in an untenable situation. They have participated in a process that is built on premises that they fundamentally reject due to their conception of Sharia.

But getting into the political process, they have known all along what it involves. If their political ideology makes the necessary compromises impossible, they should have stayed away from the process and saved everyone the wasteful mental gymnastics of deciphering what they are saying about modern political problems in order to remain Sharia compliant.

However, the Islamists of Hamas could not resist the opportunity to rule over people and impose Sharia rule on them. This is why they got into the process.

It is not for Palestine, it is for political ideology alone that they wanted political power.


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