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Talking to Hamas, Talking to the Taliban

Talking to Hamas, Talking to the Taliban

Rose-colored glasses are de rigueur in the Christian Science Monitor newsroom. With the US engaging the Taliban,  this Monitor staff-ed wants to apply similar logic to Israel and Hamas: President Obama was smart not to follow the example of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned against the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal. If the United States is willing to

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Globe & Mail’s Cracked Mirror Images

Doug Saunders, the Globe & Mail’s European bureau chief, thinks there’s no difference between Hamas and the Israeli parties that make up Prime Minister Netanyahu’s governing coalition. He’d be correct if Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas, United Torah Judaism, and Haatzmaut maintained their own armed groups, fired rockets at neighbors, restricted media freedom, brainwashed children, and tossed

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Financial Times: No Interest in Principle

Israel’s three conditions for engaging Hamas are a matter of principle. You don’t negotiate with people who want to kill you. You don’t negotiate with people who don’t recognize your existence. And you don’t negotiate with people who don’t intend to honor previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. If you do, you reward — and legitimize – a terror

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