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Daybreak: Clinton Open to Hamas

Plus Barak unafraid, Turkey down, and more in the news

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Secretary of State Clinton today in Rome.(Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

• While insisting that Hamas had to recognize Israel’s right to resist* and fulfill other basic qualifications, Secretary of State Clinton notably did not rule out continuing talks with a Palestinian government including the group. [NYT]

• Defense Minister Barak argued that Iran would never drop a nuclear bomb on Israel and that Israel should stop scaring people to the effect that such a thing was possible. He did say the ayatollahs are unreliable. [Haaretz]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu’s military attaché had to bow out of his boss’s trip to London for fear of war crimes prosecution. [AP/WP]

• Nathan Thrall argues that Israel is most effective when it works to improve Palestinian life and engages Palestininan moderates—including some Hamas elements—to deter the real radicals. He discussed reconciliation in The Scroll last week. [NYT]

• Various directions the Arab spring has taken have actually undermined Turkey’s hegemony. [NYT]

• A 10-year-old allegedly shot his father, a member of the country’s largest neo-Nazi party, to death, although the father’s beliefs appear not to have been a motive. I feel bad. For the kid. [AP]

* This was a typo; it should read “right to exist.” However, it is a compelling enough typo that it will remain.

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fw says:

Late entry on Paul Simon–“Train in the Distance”

What is the point of this story
What information pertains
The thought that life could be better
Is woven indelibly
Into our hearts
And our brains

Steve Stein says:

“Israel’s right to resist”??

T/Ramat-Gan/Israel says:

We should engage with “Hamas Moderate” as soon as Obama engage Al-Qaida “moderate” faction

George One says:

T/Ramat-Gan is absolutely right.

Dan Klein says:

@T/Ramat-Gan and George One: I mean technically that already happened, most moderate Taliban at least have already been negotiated with and folded into the Afghani goverment.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

Hamas has just married the Fatah, or if you will, the bridegroom has just wedded the bride, and according to proper Muslim tradition will bring her, the Fatah, to reside – together with several additional wives – under the roof of its extended family: Iran-Hizballah-IslamicJihad-Hamas-Syria.

This is the company the Fatah has chosen to live with; the same that set out to wipe Israel off the face of earth and with it all traces of Jewish existence.

The extended family that has been developing the nuclear, biological and chemical means with which to affect this outcome, as well as the short, medium and long range missiles with which to deliver to the Jewish population centers in Israel death and destruction.

And, when Ossama bin-Laden was killed, it was Hama’s prime minster that denounced the killing, and the Hamas’s nominated Imam at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem called Obama a dog, one who just has killed a lion of Islam, Bin-Laden that is. Thus, Obama must be executed by hanging.

I just hope this lovely extended family doesn’t expect Israel, or for that matter Canada or the United States to dance in the party that follows.

P.S. When the United States sit down around the table to talk with al-Qaeda about reaching an accommodation of peaceful coexistence, I trust Israel will do the same with the Hamas-Fatah union…, but not before!

Never Again!!

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

When the Hamas-Fatah coalition meets the three simple demands of the entire international community, i.e. UN, US, EU, Russia and Israel, there can be, no doubt, a basis for continuing both peace talks and the reaching of an accommodation of peaceful coexistence between Arab and Jew, between the Muslim-Arab world and the nation-state of the Jewish people, Israel.

The three simple requirements are:

1) Accepting of Israel’s right to exist

2) Ceasing of all acts of terror and violence against Israel and its citizens, and all preparations for such acts

3) Adhering to all the agreements reached with Israel and signed by the parties

What has transpired of late is that the “moderate” Fatah has demonstrated its true self and has chosen to unite with Hamas into a single coalition that is eager to see Israel’s demise and its Jewish citizens gone from their homeland.

Thus, there is no reason on earth why Israel should give a hand to those eager to eliminate it.

After all, no other country would do that, so, why should the national home of the Jewish people…??

H/Ramat-Gan/Israel says:

Dear Dan Klein, I deliberately referred to AQ and NOT to the Taliban. Don’t tell me that you don’t know the difference.


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