Monday :: Apr 21, 2008

Afraid To Talk About It


by Turkana

I hesitate to write anything about the Israel-Palestine conflict, because it is impossible to discuss it rationally, on the internet. Which is particularly ironic, given the point of this post. I am a strong supporter of Israel, I despise AIPAC, and I favor a two-state solution based roughly on the Geneva Initiative, which could be a good starting point for future negotiations. Future. Negotiations. But none of that is what this post is about.

I was getting my car serviced, and they had CNN Headline News on the television. I mostly ignored it, but once, when I looked up, Glenn Beck was on, and the titles said something about Jimmy Carter's talks with Hamas. I didn't need to watch to know what Beck would have to say. And I don't know whether or not Hamas is actually expressing a willingness to participate in honest negotations. I'm skeptical. I'm also skeptical that the Olmert government would be willing to participate in honest negotiations. But that's not my point, either.

The point I want to make is this: Hamas was elected, in Gaza, and is, therefore, the legitimate representative of the people of Gaza. Hamas is an enemy of Israel and it may be an enemy of the United States. But one doesn't make peace with one's friends. One makes peace with one's enemies. A lot of people don't understand that. And a lot of people don't understand that there's nothing wrong with at least attempting to foster dialogue. I applaud Jimmy Carter for trying.

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