Guardian asks ‘expert’ what Hamas can do to “kickstart the peace process”

A story by Paul Owen on the upcoming Israeli elections and the prospects for peace with the Palestinians, in a Jan. 11 edition of the Guardian’s ongoing ‘Live Blog on the Middle East, relied almost exclusively on the analysis of Amnon Aran of City University, London.

Aran explained that there were a number of dynamics currently “working against peace”.

Owen then asked the following, evidently without a hint of irony or sarcasm:

“Khaled Meshal of Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, the leaders of the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank respectively, met in Cairo for talks on Wednesday. Was there anything they could do to kickstart the peace process? [emphasis added]”

Here’s Aran’s even more surreal reply to Owen’s risible query:

“Serious reconciliation and unification” between the two factions would “certainly help”, Aran said, and there were positive signs there, such as the recent pro-Fatah rally in Gaza.”

Aran is of course referring to the recent rally in Gaza celebrating the anniversary of its first terror attack.

While Abbas has made it clear that he will “would never, in a thousand years, recognize a Jewish state”, Mahmoud al-Zahar, senior leader and co-founder of Hamas (a group whose founding charter cites the wisdom of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion), has waxed even more eloquently about the the Jews’ future in the Middle East.

Here he is speaking on Al-Aqsa TV in 2010:

I guess it never occurred to the British academic that a good way to “kick-start the peace process” would be for the Palestinian leadership in the W. Bank to avoid aligning themselves with a group whose leadership characterizes Jews as “blood suckers” and “wild beasts” who deserve to be annihilated. 

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  1. Owen reminds me of all those in the 30s who couldn’t understand why Mr Hitler was so misunderstood, or those in the 50s who saw the anti-Stalinists as the real problem.

  2. That was quite a ..err…um… speech in that video.
    As Bogart said in The Maltese Falcon, “the cheeper the crook, the gaudier the patter.”

  3. You don’t understand him – he’s an anti-Zionist (not an anti-semite!) potential peace partner fighting for the human rights of the Palestinians. Just ask Meitner, Sencar or Sanity…

    • Don’t forget those luminaries of deluded grandeur and arrogant patronizing such as realzionist, snottyville and hadarielnatmike.

  4. The Guardian is saying is “How can Hamas start a new Holocaust and how can we help them rid the world of these Jews?”

      • Shimon Peres said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was one of the only Arab leaders with whom Israel could reach an agreement. He said that there was “no alternative” to a two-state solution and called on Likud to state this explicitly in the party platform. He added that there was a clear majority among the Israeli public that supports a Palestinian state existing side by side with a Jewish one, and that the idea of a binational state endangers the Jewish, Zionist and democratic nature of Israel.

        Peres also rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s oft-repeated demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state as a precondition for talks. “I do not need to define the nature of a Palestinian state,” he said. “And they do not need to define our character. It is undeniable.”

        People writing on this website should listen to what Mr Shimon Peres has to say. Far right wing extremists who fight against the two-state solution are taking us towards a binational state without a Jewish majority.

          • Have you seen his freak-show today? He really has lost all sense of proportionality today.
            And I ask, and I hope you too will press him on it, how much does a person have to be paid, in order to troll sites for money?
            He, “Nat”(and his sockpuppets) is literally committing the analogue of prostitution, online.

    • Empress, what you write is pitiful.

      Let me remind you, in case you’ve forgotten, that Great Britain was one of the few European countries who rejected Hitler’s rule, even when their cities were heavily bombed by the German Luftwaffe. Great Britain did not let the Nazis collect those of their citizens who were Jews and send them to the gas chamber as other European countries did. Great Britain did not try to accomodate the Naszis but sent its army to fight and defeat the Nazis. Many British citizens died while fighting the Nazis, including some Jews.

      • Absolutely right Nat. Good. Now what? Are you implying that the British record in WWII (which was far from perfect, by the way – see refusal to bomb the lines leading to the extermination camps) means that no British journalist/organ is capable of antisemitism some 60 years later?

        By the way, I agree that Empress’s comment is over the top.