What to Do About Hamas

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-Nahum Barnea says Israel has only two options, both “dreadful …either reoccupy Gaza or talk with Hamas.� (Ynet)

-The former CIA R. James Woolsey, Jr., right, explains why “The chances that Israel and the Palestinians will reach an agreement are close to nil.� (The Canadian Jewish News)

-Gershon Baskin, Nehemia Shtrasler, Jerome M. Segal, and Alex Sinclair respectively make the case for negotiating with Hamas. (Haaretz & The Jerusalem Post)

-Which is better — keeping tabs on terrorist leaders, or killing them? (Haaretz)

-Vanity Fair reports “confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials� show that shortly after Hamas’s election victory, Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams “backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza …Instead of driving its enemies out of power, the U.S.-backed Fatah fighters inadvertently provoked Hamas to seize total control of Gaza.� (Vanity Fair)

-A look at the report of a Palestinian Authority investigative committee, which investigated the capture of Gaza by Hamas in June 2007, and what it implies for “answering the practical question today of whether to conduct negotiations with Hamas.� (Haaretz)

-Edward Walker, a former ambassador to Israel and to Egypt, makes the case that a “properly constructed U.N. force could take the pressure off Egypt, talk directly with Hamas and relieve the economic pressure on all Gazans at the same time as it reduced the threat of more sophisticated arms� trickling into Gaza. (Forward)

-And IDF officials are also pushing the idea of a multinational force in the Gaza Strip. (Haaretz)

Posted on March 7, 2008

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