Hamas -- No mas?
As to Hamas, we believe that a genuine dialogue with the organization is far preferable to its isolation; it could be conducted, for example, by the UN and Quartet Middle East envoys. Promoting a cease-fire between Israel and Gaza would be a good starting point.
The signatories apparently include a whole bunch of names who readers will instantly recognize. They include persons associated with Obama (such as Zbigniew Brzezinski), Clinton and the former President Bush.
This list indicates the extent and depth of support for the policy of treating with Hamas. Thus, despite Barack Obama's criticism of Carter's decision to meet with them, saying, "We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel's destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas if they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel's right to exist and abide by past agreements. Hamas is not a state. Hamas is a terrorist organization", I don't think a future approach will be totally excluded, whether Clinton, Obama or even John McCain are elected.
Israel Insider reports that Hamas rather fancies their chances with Obama.
Even though Obama has said that he would not meet with Hamas unless it renounces violence and recognizes Israel, or becomes the recognized leadership of the Palestinians -- he has no qualms about holding talks with the leadership of Iran, Syria, and North Korea -- that doesn't seem to bother the Hamas leadership.
"We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the elections," Ahmed Yousuf, Hamas' top political adviser in the Gaza Strip, said in an exclusive interview with World Net Daily and with the John Batchelor Show on WABC Radio in New York.
He saw Obama's comments about Hamas as political posturing that was understandable to lull supporters of Israel before the election. "I understand American politics and this is the season for elections and everybody tries to sound like he's a friend of the Israelis," he said.
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