October 21, 2008

IF THE PALESTINIANS THINK OF THEMSELVES AS A PEOPLE...:

Hamastan Is Here to Stay (David Bedein, October 22, 2008, FrontPageMagazine.com)

Since taking over the Gaza Strip in June 2007, Hamas has ruled the territory like a personal kingdom, bolstering its own authority, ruthlessly crushing its opposition, and generally undermining the notion that Palestinians are ready to inherit a single, unified state alongside Israel. According to a September report by the International Crisis Group (ICG), a Brussels-based think tank, none of these factors are likely change any time soon.

Warning that “in Gaza, new realities are taking hold,” the ICG report, titled “Round Two in Gaza,” concluded that “reversing the drift toward greater Palestinian separation, both political and geographic, will be a difficult and, at this point, almost hopeless task.” Because Hamas has spent the past few years consolidating its rule, moreover, there is little reason to believe that the terror group will be dislodged from the Gaza Strip.


...then what conceivable reason is there for believing that Hamas will meekly accept a divided Palestine rather than unify it under their popular leadership?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2008 8:23 AM
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