While Mr. Carter makes a compelling case for the idea of a peaceful resolution, he neglects to address Israel, and much of the rest of the world's concerns. No where does he call for Hamas to renounce their previous calls for Israel's destruction. He doesn't ask them to disband their militia, or to recognize Israel's right to exist. In fact, every concession the former President asks for is from the West, and Israel.
While he is right that for over 5 years there has been little work towards peace in the area, he neglects to mention that it was Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinians themselves who have decided to ignore the Oslo accords.
This is a case, where like it or not, the US, western Europe and Israel are in the right, Hamas must meet the conditions laid out above before any of them can or should recognize any majority government Hamas presides over.
To add fuel to the west's "anti-Hamas" fire, Iran's true ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is calling on Muslim nations to finance Hamas, as a show of strength and unity to the west. Instead of working with the quartet of Arab nations calling on Hamas to denounce violence, he is calling on them to remain firm, a certain disaster for the Palestinian people.
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