Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Six month test for Hamas?

There is a story doing the rounds that states that Egypt has come up with a deal to ask Israel to give Hamas a six month trial period to test its actions. Apparently Cairo is to send its intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, to Jerusalem in the coming days in order to present the plan to senior Israeli officials, including Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, 'Israel Radio' said.
The Egyptians are said to have indicated that if Hamas failed to progress along a path Israel wanted to see, then Jerusalem would be free to act as it saw fit, the report quoted officials as saying.
Well that's jolly decent of them. Hamas is an organisation whose main goal is to create a Sharia Islamic State in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. What compromise could there be?
Hamas tells the Western reporters that if Israel ceases the occupation then they will talk. Of course no Western journalist bothers to ask what Hamas means when they say occupation. Hamas says it in Arabic, Tel-Aviv is no different from Hebron. Even if there is a truce, Hamas is till Hamas, and what will be seen to end the truce. After a few days of stabbing and shooting that barely made the world news, if Israel reacts now the world will assume that Israel broke the truce.

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