Israeli President Shimon Peres believes a two state solution, Israel and Palestine, is the only realistic solution but he isn’t biting on a Hamas proposal to roll back Israel’s borders to the pre 1967 war map first. From Hot Air, which links to the NY Times story.
The leader of the militant Palestinian group Hamas said Monday that its fighters had stopped firing rockets at Israel for now. He also reached out in a limited way to the Obama administration and others in the West, saying the movement was seeking a state only in the areas Israel won in 1967.
His reasons are pretty simple, it may sound good, but in reality nothing has changed.
This is worth listening too because sometimes we in America view this conflict in, well, from an American perspective. Too often we fail to realize the role religion plays in this, and in a country where religion plays an ever smaller role, especially among the intellectual elite, it’s understandable.
As for the Hamas proposal, Hot Air has a very good rundown.
Hamas wants an extremist makeover. Khaled Meshal, who just won another four-year term as Hamas’ head terrorist, gave his first interview to an American media outlet in a year, and tells the New York Times that Hamas has changed. Not enough to actuallychange, of course, but just trust them when they say they’re no longer annihilationist:
Peres understands, Hamas is what Hamas is until it demonstrates otherwise, and a temporary halt in rockets is not enough to change Israel’s mind, nor should it. Religious people have no clock, they have eternity.