It happens every few months, the terrorist group Hamas announces we are ready to make peace with Israel. This is immediately followed by the “peaceniks” and the Mainstream media tripping over their underwear, rushing to announce, “See I told you, Hamas Wants Peace”
The problem is they never read the Hamas “fine print.” For example earlier this week, Hamas leader Khaled Meshal told the NY Times that he was willing to recognize Israel and sign a peace that would last 10 years if Israel agreed to the right of return and went back to the pre-June 1967 borders.
Now lets put that into simple language. The Hamas offer says, if Israel moves back to the pre-June 1967 borders and ceases to exist as a Jewish state, we will wait 10 years before attacking. Not a very attractive offer.
In his Column today, Charles Krauthammer called the offer the peace of the grave:
Westerners may be stupid, but Hamas is not. It sees the new American administration making overtures to Iran and Syria. It sees Europe, led by Britain, beginning to accept Hezbollah. It sees itself as next in line. And it knows what to do. Yasser Arafat wrote the playbook.
With the 1993 Oslo accords, he showed what can be achieved with a fake peace treaty with Israel — universal diplomatic recognition, billions of dollars of aid, and control of Gaza and the West Bank, which Arafat turned into an armed camp. In return for a signature, he created in the Palestinian territories the capacity to carry on the war against Israel that the Arab states had begun in 1948 but had given up after the bloody hell of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Meshal sees the opportunity. Not only is the Obama administration reaching out to its erstwhile enemies in the region, but it begins its term by wagging an angry finger at Israel over the Netanyahu government’s ostensible refusal to accept a two-state solution.
Of all the phony fights to pick with Israel. No Israeli government would turn down a two-state solution in which the Palestinians accepted territorial compromise and genuine peace with a Jewish state. (And any government that did would be voted out in a day.)
The fact is that Bibi Netanyahu supports a two-state solution. he worked toward one as during his first stint as PM. Bibi is not however, going to publicly agree to a two state solution until he knows what kind of state he is agreeing to. Its as simple as that, as negotiations proceed that announcement will come.
So why does Meshal even make the peace offer? Soccer Dad wrote:
While history doesn’t prove that Meshal wasn’t making a substantive statement, history certainly suggested that his remarks were superficial posturing so that he’d look good in a West that is too enamored of visions of lambs and lions lying down together that it doesn’t pay attention to see if another lamb is fed to lion each new day.
Meshal isn’t a born again peace maker. He’s still a terrorist monster. Same as it ever was.
But we still don’t get it says Professor Barry Rubin on his new blog Rubin Reports:
Is it really so hard to see this? Mashal isn’t trying all that hard to conceal his views, ideology, and strategy. In part, that’s because he thinks the people he’s trying to fool are really stupid. In part, it’s because he will have to defend anything he says to his colleagues. In part, too, it is because he is a real true believer (called fanatics in a less enlightened age).
Finally,in this interview Mashal made this statement professing his moderation: “I promise the American administration and the international community that we will be part of the solution, period.”
Unfortunately, the solution he was referring to was Hamas’s final solution for the Jews and Israel.