November 28, 2012
OKAY, THAT'S THE SUB-TEXT, BUT WHAT DO YOU CALL THE THING ABOVE THE SUB-TEXT?:
Hamas and the Two-State Solution (Paul R. Pillar | November 27, 2012, National Interest)
What is one of the first things Hamas does when it is fresh off standing up against an Israeli assault and widely perceived to have gained ground politically at the expense of its intramural rival, Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority? It voices support for Abbas's effort to get his organization's status at the United Nations upgraded from observer to "non-member state." Given the way Hamas is routinely suspected and reviled in some quarters, this move is sure to give rise to explanations that are convoluted and conspiratorial--that what Hamas is saying is a ruse, or is just a tactic for harassing Israel, or is a step toward shoving the Palestinian Authority aside while Abbas is down.The explanation that is simple and straightforward, and ought to be obvious, is much more likely to be accurate: that Hamas supports the creation of a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel, and that diplomacy is the preferred way to achieve that goal.
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 28, 2012 5:10 AM