Things aren’t going so smoothly as I thought in Palestine.
The Palestinians’ ruling Hamas group will not enter into a coalition government if recognizing Israel is a condition, a top Hamas political adviser said Friday, raising new doubts about President Mahmoud Abbas’ ability to bring a more moderate government to power.
At the United Nations on Thursday, Abbas indicated that the planned national unity government between Hamas and his Fatah Party would recognize the Jewish state.
But Haniyeh’s political adviser, Ahmed Yousef, told The Associated Press on Friday that “there won’t be a national unity government if Hamas is asked to recognize Israel.” Instead, he reiterated Hamas’ offer of a long-term truce.
The good news is that a long-term truce without recognition or diplomatic relations is better than outright war, and in addition “Yousef said renouncing violence was a clause of the agreement underlying the planned coalition government.” The bad news is that Hamas is still refusing to extend the truce into full diplomatic recognition even if the occupation ends.
I can understand not recognizing a government that’s illegally occupying your country, but not recognizing a government that’s doing of that sort is just needlessly belligerent.