In a recent oped in the Washington Post Dennis Ross made the following statement:
The United States must be no less clear on what Hamas has to do if it is to have a relationship with the international community. Hamas will want to have it both ways: having relations with the greater world while preserving its fundamental doctrine of rejection of Israel and support for violence. But no half-measures or vague formulations are acceptable. Hamas must recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, reject violence and be obliged to stop all acts of terrorism. The U.S. role must be to forge a consensus on these conditions and ensure they are not eroded over time. In the end, what happens at a de facto level between Israel and Hamas will be one thing. What the international community insists on must be another.
This is true. I saw a report on FOX recently which stated that much of the win for Hamas came about because Fatah was running more than one candidate for several offices and thus split their vote. Whatever the reason it makes in plain that there is a sickness in Palestinian society and they must either cure themselves or be abandoned. Call it tough love.
As we see the riots going on throughout the world because some cartoons were published let us imagine a world in which people like those rioting in the streets of Europe and the Middle East had access to a nuclear bomb.
For their own sake, let's hope we don't ever find out.
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