Thursday, January 11, 2007

Hamas Leader Acknowledges Israel is 'Reality'

In a move sure to be ignored (or spun) by the more wacky elements in the mainstream media, an influential leader of Hamas has, according to Haaretz, stated that:

"Israel is a "reality" and "there will remain a state called Israel, this is a matter of fact."

Khaled Meshal, the group's Damascus-based political chief, declared that there would be formal recognition of the state of Israel, once a Palestinian state is established. Meshal claimed that:

"As a Palestinian today I speak of a Palestinian and Arab demand for a state on 1967 borders. It is true that in reality there will be an entity or state called Israel on the rest of Palestinian land."

This is clearly an important step in the right direction. Hamas has always refused to acknowledge the reality of Israel, which has led to disastrous sanctions on the Palestinian people.

Israel has, of course, given a predictable response to this statement by Hamas. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev responded that Hamas had said in the past it wanted to wipe Israel from the map and there was no indication it had changed its position. Furthermore, the incompetent Olmert, a man who has seriously compromised Israel in the region after the criminal attack on Lebanon, treated the comments with typical disdain. According to reports, when questioned on this matter, Olmert responded:

"Should I be expected to check what he said? Should I be expected to read what he said?"

I guess it is hardly surprising that Olmert would refuse the opportunity to grasp this opportunity. His total incompetence has already been well proven. Sadly it looks like, once again, Israel is refusing to change it's stance and continue down this disastrous path. Until the Israeli government is prepared to shift, the voices that speak out against the ongoing injustice will continue to grow louder and recruit ever more people to it's cause.