Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hamas: an insignificant detail Carter failed to mention

On Monday, ex-president Jimmy Carter announced that he had set the stage for peace in the Middle East by securing a promise from Hamas to recognize Israel. He failed to mention, however, that the terrorists' offer had a term limit.

[Following a] visit [to] the Hamas leadership in Damascus, Carter enthusiastically stated that Hamas leader Khaled Mashal had told him the leading Palestinian faction was prepared to accept a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank, and to recognize Israel's sovereignty on the rest of the territory west of the Jordan River... Carter went on to imply that the only remaining obstacle to peace was Israel's refusal to talk with Hamas.

What the former president left out, and what Mashal revealed when speaking to reporters in Damascus later that day was that Hamas, in return for full Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders, would only implicitly recognize the Jewish state and would only halt its armed struggle for the liberation of all "Palestine" for a period of 10 years.

As dedicated Muslims, Hamas adheres to the dictates of their prophet Mohammed, which state that Muslims may agree to truces with superior infidel forces, but only temporarily in order to give the Muslims time to gain enough strength to complete their conquest.

I'm sure Carter just forgot to mention it.

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