Everyone who follows rhetoric of extremists on both sides in the I/P conflict can notice that it’s very hard to distinguish the excuses each side gives for murder; Hamas used to sound exactly like the Israeli parties right of Likud, only with “Jewish” and “Arab” interchanged.
Now it’s sounding more and more like mainstream Likudniks, as evidenced in the recent peace rhetoric.
The spokesman for the outgoing Hamas-led Palestinian government said the new Palestinian coalition would have no problem holding peace talks with Israel.
But he expressed doubt that Israel is ready to make the necessary concessions for a deal.
“We have no problem that this government have peace talks with Israel,” said Ghazi Hamad, the government spokesman.
Hamad is coming off as no different from any Likud spokesman: “we support peace and are ready to negotiate, of course, but we know the other side won’t do enough so we’re not optimistic.” Then when the negotiations stall, each side says its dire predictions have been confirmed, so it’s time to resume killing innocent civilians.
The most frustrating thing about this situation is that just like only Nixon could go to China, so can only Hamas negotiate with Israel and only Likud or maybe Kadima negotiate with Palestine.