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Nothing to Talk About With Hamas

Rather than talking to Hamas, two other steps would be more effective: 1) stepping up the pressure on Egypt to shut down the weapons flow into Gaza over the Egyptian border and 2) pressing the Arab states to thaw their relations with Israel by taking Sadat-like gestures that show they are serious about pushing for peace.

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Ibrahim Mahfouz:

Saul Singer says:
“The debate over talking to Hamas tends to miss the point: why talk to someone who says outright that they are committed to your destruction?”

Because people negotiate with their enemies and not their friends. That is why!

Robert Lee Hotchkiss, Jr.:

I am sorry about the multiple posting I was having problems with my browser.

Robert Lee Hotchkiss, Jr.:

Israel had its chance to deal with Fatah and they destroyed Fatah. Now they must deal with Hamas. Hamas is the legitimate voice of the Palestinian people. Israel made a decision to deligitimize Fatah now they have to live with Hamas.

More and more the commentary by Israel's seems completely disconnected by reality. Some politicians even mentioned a holocaust for the the Palestinians because of rocket attacks. The last time I heard 7 people had been killed in three years. When I lived in New Orleans 400 people were shot every year just in New Orleans. Israel is occupying another people they should expect violence against civilians. There always is when their are occupations-- always.


Further rocket attacks on Israeli towns and villages are legitimate acts of war. After all Israel has stated that their in a state of war with Gaza. Those towns and villages are defended by a unified national defense and are ligitmate military targets. If you didn't want your towns bombed you shouldn't have been occupying other peoples territories.

If terrorism ever was a useful way to describe various acts of war. It has long ago lost any meaning. Now it can apply to people who burn down empty buildings, people who burn SUV's and people who throw paint on furs. It would be a war crime for Hamas to cross the border and blow up school bus using a suicide belt but Israel could blow up a car holding suspected terrorist with a multi ton bomb destroying school bus and it not be a war crime.

Both Israel and The United States have made it clear that they have no intention of following international law in regards treatment of prisoners or any number other areas.

It is time to forget about international law and just fight until we can either obtain peace or destroy our enemies.


Things like not torturing prisoners carries its own rewards. More people are likely to surrender.

But labeling one group a terrorist and refusing to bargain with them is just an excuse to continue the war until more territory is gained.

Israel has to make its deal with Hamas. Israel needs a wider peace with the Arabs before nuclear weapons start flying. Only a legitimate peace treaty with Hamas's agreement will pave the way for Israel's safety.

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Robert Lee Hotchkiss, Jr.:

Israel had its chance to deal with Fatah and they destroyed Fatah. Now they must deal with Hamas. Hamas is the legitimate voice of the Palestinian people. Israel made a decision to deligitimize Fatah now they have to live with Hamas.

More and more the commentary by Israel's seems completely disconnected by reality. Some politicians even mentioned a holocaust for the the Palestinians because of rocket attacks. The last time I heard 7 people had been killed in three years. When I lived in New Orleans 400 people were shot every year just in New Orleans. Israel is occupying another people they should expect violence against civilians. There always is when there are occupations-- always.


Further rocket attacks on Israeli towns and villages are legitimate acts of war. After all Israel has stated that their in a state of war with Gaza. Those towns and villages are defended by a unified national defense and are legitimate military targets. If you didn't want your towns bombed you shouldn't have been occupying other peoples territories.

If terrorism ever was a useful way to describe various acts of war. It has long ago lost any meaning. Now it can apply to people who burn down empty buildings, people who burn SUV's and people who throw paint on furs. It would be a war crime for Hamas to cross the border and blow up school bus using a suicide belt but Israel could blow up a car holding suspected terrorist with a multi ton bomb destroying school bus and it not be a war crime.

Both Israel and The United States have made it clear that they have no intention of following international law in regards treatment of prisoners or any number other areas.

It is time to forget about international law and just fight until we can either obtain peace or destroy our enemies.


Things like not torturing prisoners carries its own rewards. More people are likely to surrender.

But labeling one group a terrorist and refusing to bargain with them is just an excuse to continue the war until more territory is gained.

Israel has to make its deal with Hamas. Israel needs a wider peace with the Arabs before nuclear weapons start flying. Only a legitimate peace treaty with Hamas's agreement will pave the way for Israel's safety.

join the revolution at
www.thebloodyflag.com

AREF SAYED:

SAUL SINGER IS RIGHT.YOU CANNOT TALK WITH HAMAS
OR FOR THAT MATTER ANYONE ELSE WHO DO NOT RECOGNISE YOUR EXISTENSE.BUT THE EXISTENCE OF
THE THEOCRACY OF ISRAEL HAS THE SEEDS OF DE EXISTENCE WITHIN ITSELF.A STATE WHICH 60 YRS.PAST IS STILL MIRED IN THE PARANOIA OF EXISTENTIAL UNCERTANTY WILL IN ANY CASE WILL SELF DESTRUCT.
A WESTERN CONSTRUCT BROUGHT ABOUT BY DECIET VIOLENCE AND THEFT WILL GO DOWN BY THE WEAKENING
OF THE WESTERN DOMINATION.THE SAME WESTERN POWERS
WHO OVER THE CENTURIES HAVE ENSLAVED AND PERSECUTED JEWS AND ARE NOW THEIR CHAMPIONS WILL
GET BACK TO REPEAT WHAT THEY ARE BEST AT WHEN
THE TIDE OF TIME HAS TURNED.ISRAEL INCREASINGLY
IS SEEN TO BE A COST RATHER THAN A BENEFIT TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION.THIS REALISATION WHICH IS INEVITABLY SETTLING DOWN IN THE WESTERN MIND WILL
LEAD TO THE SAME TRAGEDIES WHICH STATE OF ISRAEL
HAS INFLICTED ON THE NATIVE POPULATION OF THE AREA.HISTORY IS A PALIMPSEST AND WRITER IS HUMANKIND.

HAROON:

As an unbiased observer who has nothing against Jews or Moslems, I tried to understand the real reason for this eternal conflict between the descendants of Abraham (Ishmael and Isaac).
No use recalling the story of: Sarai and Abram and Hagar the Egyptian slave-girl. Centuries have passed now on the dilemma of who is or are the real landowners. And since we can not go back in time, and repeat or rebuild history; otherwise this conflict would never be as such.
I decided to consider that the problem was elsewhere, within hands of some politicians who, willingly, are manipulating this issue. How and why? Only time would reveal the secret. Till then, only innocents of both sides are paying cash. Personally, I do not think the issue of religion is the cause. I am afraid I might be misunderstood to say that both Arabs and Israelis were conditioned in a way that none of them was ready for "Reconciliation".
Then Why Mr Saul Singer strive to make us accept the unacceptable? You are a pot who loves to call the kettle a terrorist while being a terrorist yourself.

HAROON:

As an unbiased observer who has nothing against Jews or Moslems, I tried to understand the real reason for this eternal conflict between the descendants of Abraham (Ishmael and Isaac).
No use recalling the story of: Sarai and Abram and Hagar the Egyptian slave-girl. Centuries have passed now on the dilemma of who is or are the real landowners. And since we can not go back in time, and repeat or rebuild history; otherwise this conflict would never be as such.
I decided to consider that the problem was elsewhere, within hands of some politicians who, willingly, are manipulating this issue. How and why? Only time would reveal the secret. Till then, only innocents of both sides are paying cash. Personally, I do not think the issue of religion is the cause. I am afraid I might be misunderstood to say that both Arabs and Israelis were conditioned in a way that none of them was ready for "Reconciliation".
Then Why Mr Saul Singer strive to make us accept the unacceptable? You are a pot who loves to call the kettle a terrorist while being a terrorist yourself.

Growler:

If Hamas are terrorists then the Israelis are thugs.
When you said that it is a matter of survival you were absolutely right,but that Mr Singer is a two way street. You gotta wonder why after all this time that Israel remains so unpopular in the Arab world. Not a single government to say a kind word about them. You'd think that they'd of at least brought one country into the fold as it were. So now where do you look if you must assign blame. Well perhaps a little closer to home might be appropriate.You've had a free hand to kill and maim as you please for half a century with the crashing silence of the western world and your American partners in crime.The pro Israeli/Jewish lobby in the four corners of the world are your greatest asset.Long may you keep them because when the oil runs dry and the focus shifts somewhere else you might find the middle east a far lonelier spot than the folks there ever imagined.But of course you have what is thought to be the 6th largest nuclear arsenal in the world which for my dime makes you the most dangerous nation on earth by far simply because extremism is alive and thriving in the halls of the Knesset.
From these few words you could easily think that i dislike Israelis but the truth of that is I've never met that many and of those that i have met know i none well.I have however had the opportunity to visit Israel on more than one occasion and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out where the hate comes from on the Palestinian side. I suppose the end of the story is that when folks that live in that part of the world start treating each other like human beings and not like undermensch then the possibility of peace might exist and that again is a two way street.

Just watching:

In Palestine, both rival sides have attempted to settle this issue by prevailing against the other. And it is obvious that some sixty years later, both have failed miserably. It appears as though Israel has the upper hand these days, but clearly this has not been enough.
Alternatively Israel should negotiate with the Palestinian side. Which as far as I know has elected Hamas after undisputed elections, as verified by a number of creditable international bodies. This, Saul, makes them the legal representatives of the other side, whether you like it or not.
Now either you want to negotiate or you don't. In case you want, you can sit down with the other side and try to find some common ground. If you do not want to negotiate there are countless pretexts to recall. I take "we do not deal with terrorists" as one such. But let me remind you please, that many of Israel's most prominent founding fathers have been regarded as terrorists in their times. Some of them still do today. Looks like terrorism is not the privilege of the other side...
If negotiations succeed, Israel will collect peace, that is security for their people to live and prosper with. Yet Israel understands they are the strong side, that is the one that should have to give the most should real negotiations are given a start. But Israel is happy by what they have got, hence their reluctance to proceed. And pretexts can always be found.
Come on Saul, you can do better than that, I am sure.

WORLD GUARDIAN:

This is but A MINORITY VIEW OF RIGHT WINGS AMERICAN-ISRAELI. Sensible Israelis think differently!

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