President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were
talking about the two-state solution during their meeting in the White House
yesterday, the Palestinian Hamas movement reiterated its intention to destroy
announcement shows that the two-state solution is not a recipe for peace between
Israel and the Palestinians. The announcement also shows that all those who have
been talking about a change in Hamas's position towards Israel continue to live
in an illusion.
Obama-Netanyahu meeting was underway, senior Hamas figure Musa Abu Marzouk
issued a statement in which he declared:
"We will never negotiate with the Zionist entity and we will never
recognize its right to exist. We will continue to resist the Zionist entity
until it vanishes, whether they like it or not. The soldiers of the Qassam [Hamas's
armed wing] were founded to liberate Palestine, even if some have recognized
Israel. We want a state from the (Jordan) river to the [Mediterranean]
Marzouk's remarks came in response to statements made by Palestinian Authority
(PA) President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting with Egyptian journalists in Cairo
on Sunday night.
was quoted as telling the
Egyptian journalists that Hamas and Israel were conducting "direct
negotiations" to establish a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and parts
of the Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Abbas claimed that ousted Egyptian President
Mohamed Morsi had offered to annex 1000 square kilometers of Sinai to the Gaza
Strip – an offer he (Abbas) had categorically rejected.
Marzouk's latest threats to eliminate Israel are not only directed against Abbas,
but also towards President Obama and those in the international community who
continue to support the idea of establishing a Palestinian state alongside
Israel. What he and other Hamas leaders are saying is very clear: Even if a
Palestinian state is established in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east
Jerusalem, Hamas and other Palestinians will continue to fight until Israel is
words, Hamas is openly stating that it will use any future Palestinian state as
a launching pad to attack and eliminate Israel. But Hamas's message has
obviously not reached the White House and other Western governments, where
decision-makers continue to bury their heads in the sand, refusing to see or
hear what some Palestinians are saying.
and many other Palestinians are completely opposed to a two-state solution: they
believe that Israel has no right to exist -- period -- in this part of the
world. The only solution they are prepared to accept is one that sees Israel
wiped off the face of the earth.
not a small opposition party in the Palestinian territories that could be
dismissed as a minor player. Hamas is a large Islamist movement, an offshoot of
the Muslim Brotherhood that controls the entire Gaza Strip with its population
of 1.8 million Palestinians. Hamas has its own security forces, militias,
weapons and government institutions.
its violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Hamas and its political allies
have turned the coastal area into a semi-independent Islamist emirate.
then, Hamas has used the Gaza Strip as a launching pad to attack Israel with
tens of thousands of rockets and missiles. And Hamas leaders have repeatedly
stated that their chief goal is to "liberate" not only the West Bank
and east Jerusalem, but "all of Palestine." In short, Hamas wants to
replace Israel with an Islamist empire where non-Muslims would be permitted to
live as a minority.
considers all Jews as "settlers" and "colonialists" who live
in "settlements" such as Beersheba, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Bat Yam.
Hamas does not differentiate between a Jew living in Ma'aleh Adumim or Gush
Etzion (on the West Bank) and Tel Aviv, Haifa and Ramat Gan. That is why the
Hamas media and leaders refer to Beersheba and Ra'anana, well within the
"pre-1967 borders," as "occupied" cities.
Obama Administration and Western governments can talk as much as they like about
the two-state solution. But so long as they refuse to listen to what Hamas and
other Palestinians are saying, they will continue to engage in self-deception
and hallucination. Even if President Abbas agrees to a Palestinian state on the
pre-1967 lines, he will never be able to persuade Hamas, Islamic Jihad and many
other Palestinians to recognize Israel's right to exist.
the current circumstances, where Hamas and other Palestinians continue to dream
about the destruction of Israel, any talk about a two-state solution is nothing
but a joke.
Obama Administration and the rest of the international community also need to
understand that that the two-state solution has already been realized. In the
end, the Palestinians got two states of their own: one in the Gaza Strip and
another in the West Bank. The one in the Gaza Strip is run by folks are not much
different from Islamic State and Al-Qaeda, while that in the West Bank is
controlled by a president who has entered the 11th year of his
four-year-term in office and as such is not even seen by his people as a
"rightful" leader. This is a reality that the world, including Israel,
will have to live with for many years to come.
time for the world to stop listening only to President Abbas and Saeb Erekat,
and start paying attention to what many other Palestinians such as Hamas are
saying, day and night, regarding their commitment to destroy Israel.