Sunday, 4 June 2017


Guardian reporter Sarah Helm wrote an article titled “If we cared about peace we would be talking to HAMAS.”

Helm started her piece by saying that she had talked to a “senior Hamas minister” who was explaining to her that HAMAS needed to “modernize its policies.”
In an attempt to humanize the extremist government, which is akin to ISIS in its tactics for ‘liberation,’ by adding that “the lights suddenly cut out, as they so often do under Israel’s siege of the territory.”

“Hamas has for the first time put on paper its commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The movement, it said, was ready to discuss “a fully sovereign and independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital along 1967 lines,” she reported.
“True, what Hamas means by its new “General Principles and Policies Document” is still murky, particularly as it still holds out the possibility of a Palestinian state in all of historic Palestine. And it has published the changes now as a strategic move to secure its own survival,” she continued later.

“Obviously, the only rational response if we really cared about peace would be to start talking to Hamas and push it to moderate further,” Helm said. “If we continue to reject its overtures it will have no incentive to offer more, and the rejectionists in Gaza will win.”
Hamas and other extremist organizations fired over 3,500 rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilians in July 2014 alone, one of which hit a school and hospital in Gaza killing 8 children and 2 adults.

A rocket fired on July 24, 2014, hit an  UNWRA school, killing 17 civilians. Hamas blamed Israel for the deaths rather than taking responsibility.
These sort of actions are normal for Hamas, but Helm wants us to talk to them in order to bring peace.

Others are not convinced that this is the right action, nor do they believe Hamas will become moderate.

Meanwhile on The Guardian’s website, at least a couple of comments have already been removed for “violating community standards.”

Many critical statements still remain, however.

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