The Israeli Cabinet announces it will not negotiate with a Palestinian government which includes Hamas (TNT, 4-25), which it calls a “terrorist organization.”
What was the Israelis thinking, not many years ago, when they supported and funded Hamas as a rival to the Palestinian Liberation Organization? Israelis know that their own Jewish terrorist groups were essential in the establishment of Israel and that their leaders became hallowed heroes. Two of them, Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir, became prime ministers.
Hurling epithets will accomplish nothing. Israel now has what it has long desired: “someone to talk to” in a unified Palestinian government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could extend a hand and say, “We resorted to terrorism when we needed it; then we retired and entered politics. We urge you to do the same. Together we could work for the best interests of all our peoples.”