How shall I put this? I don’t think Ken has great new ideas or particularly represents the future. He was a good stalwart for the left movement, but he represents the past not the future. He filled the New Statesman with editorials and people you could have predicted. Neither am I fan of Hamas, which I think is part a terrorist organisation.
But they are also a political force in Palestinian territories, and it makes no sense for this government to keep their heads in the sand over this. Israel refused to deal with the PLO until it was too late and Hamas became dominant. Now they’re refusing to deal with Hamas, and guess what, even worse people are vying for power. How’s that for brilliant foreign policy? (via Neil Robertson, who made the same point).
Here’s what’s going on. A particularly loud group of people keep screaming hysterically when any attempt to talk to Hamas is made. But governments know they have no choice, so they have to do it covertly. This lets both sides off the hook and a faÃ§ade is created. The fact is we talk to a whole range of nasty governments around the world because we have to. This false state of affairs allows the Israeli government to pretend it has no partner for peace and keep developing illegal settlements.
Hell, even Tony Blair, a favourite among dhimmis, has said we need to talk to Hamas. The government should accept it has to talk to Hamas and make some progress on Middle East peace because the Tories sure as hell won’t (though Obama might, which is a saving grace).
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