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January 27, 2006

HAMAS Likely To End Ties To Israel

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar has proposed a dramatic shift of Palestinian policy - ending security cooperation with Israel, cutting most trade links with the Jewish state and refusing to engage with the "Christian-Zionist" U.S. administration. Just days before the election he told the Washington Times, "We have to go away from Israel and move toward all possible linkages with our Arab and Islamic brothers."

As I wrote yesterday in our exhaustive coverage of the HAMAS win: "It looks like all hell is going to break loose in the Middle East." The fact that Iran and Syria support and have recently met with 10 radical Palestinian movements including Islamic Jihad and Hamas, coincides with the HAMAS "Islamist" position against Israel and the "Christian-Zionist"(given that HAMAS has always been hard-core hardliners against Israel), is no accident.

Let's not forget that according to Hamas' charter, the land of Palestine has been endowed to Islam, and it is therefore the duty of all Muslims to liberate Palestine through violent jihad. What Israel has in the past and is facing now from the Palestinians is what the West now faces from much of the Islamic world.

Yet, in regard to the Middle East peace process and the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations, John Podhoretz offers one of the best perspectives I've seen so far.

Posted by Richard at January 27, 2006 5:51 AM

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