In my e-mail box this morning, the following hysterical gibberish:
Do the folks at the Opinion Times have sex with goats? One wonders. This directs you to the following thoughtful essay at the aforementioned Opinon Times:
The incoming Obama administration will open up talks with Hamas. Right at the point where the terror group has been backed into a corner in Gaza by Israel, Barack Obama throws out a lifeline.
Obama transition team members have sent a message through the media today that when Obama takes office in 12 days, he will instruct our intelligence services to open a secret dialog with Hamas. Instead of running scared as they have for the last week or so, all Hamas need do now is hunker down for a few more days and wait for the incoming American administration to save their hides. And, alas, poor Israeli families in Beersheva will continue to suffer under the terrible rocket attacks from Gaza.
For the last six years, Democrats have been seeking to undermine the Bush administration’s efforts to fight the war on terror. Now Israel is once again fighting its own war on terror, and Barack Obama puts hope into what has certainly been a dispirited Hamas.
This smells like the precursor to a foreign policy disaster.
The report mentioned above is in the Guardian, and the Obama team is already denying the leak. For me, the only question is who is planting the leak- is it just wingnut conservatives trying to hamstring the Obama foreign policy, or is it pro-Israel groups trying to box Obama in and move him towards a more pro-Israel by forcing him to slap down Hamas with vigorous denials about this report?
At any rate, two thoughts. First, unless my memory is completely gone, Obama has said he will of course talk to Hamas provided they recognize Israel as a state and that they stop committing acts of terrorism (like, for example, chucking rockets indiscriminately at civilians in Israel). Hamas has done neither.
Second, if the Obama team was going to send a secret message to Hamas, would he really choose to do it through the UK Guardian?
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And now that I have thought about it- even if the sources are correct, so what? How could things possible be any worse for Palestians and Israel than they are right now? Folks in Israel live in constant fear that the next person who walks into their pizza shop or enters their bus could be wearing a bomb, or that at any minute while they are sleeping a rocket could come crashing down on them. Folks in Gaza have nothing going for them and are being massacred. How could things get worse?