Hamas refuses to recognize Israel

Updated: 21 May 2008, 23:31

Originally written: 24 September 2006

On 22 September 2006, Hamas reiterated its refusal to recognize Israel. Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is quoted as saying “I personally will not head any government that recognizes Israel.” But, Hamas is willing, according to one of Haniyeh’s advisors, Ahmed Yousef, to agree to a “long-term truce for five or 10 years, until the occupation withdraws.” It also appears that Hamas may be willing to otherwise abide by agreements made by the previous Fatah government with Israel.

As noted in a previous post, the United States is still holding out for Hamas to renounce violence and recognize Israel. After a period of intransigence, the U.S. may accept that Hamas will not back down, and will resume its economic aid. This seems a likely outcome.

As long as a relatively lengthy period of relatively low slaughter results, an area of strategic importance will have been calmed. The immediate needs of capital will have been resolved. It is also reasonably likely that if calm, which the foreign aid is intended to buy, does not prevail, the aid will again be cut, and reinstatement will have much more severe terms.

There is no evidence that the poverty of the Palestinians will change in the near future. The basic problems remain. It is up to the Palestinians, and everyone else, to recognize that capitalism is setting us up, religion is providing the excuse, and capitalism is knocking us down.
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