Friday, January 9, 2009

Talking to Hamas is a step toward peace

Barack Obama's apparent willingness to engage with Hamas is heartening. Peace cannot be achieved without talking to all sides

Jonathan Freedland, Thursday 8 January 2009

"..... Second, even the limited opening to Hamas apparently under discussion in the Obama circle is pretty conditional. It seems to be premised either on Hamas taking a "decisive drubbing" in Gaza or on a reconciliation with Fatah. Neither of those outcomes is guaranteed.

Nevertheless, those of us who have long believed that peace depends on engaging with all parties to a conflict – and that peace is made with your enemies rather than with your friends – have reason to be cheered by this news, tentative as it is......"

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