Hamas could be swept out of power by the Arab Spring if the Palestinian Authority is able to show "tangible" results from peace negotiations with Israel, a top US diplomat said Thursday.Reality check: the Arab Spring's "democratization" amounts to sharia and people getting to vote for their favourite Islamist. Also, Hamas now has some shiny new toys--Gaddafi's anti-aircraft weaponry--that should keep its people happy, at least until all the Spring nonsense dies down.
"The Palestinians are no more immune to the currents of change and demand for democratization, reform and freedom than any of the other people in the region," said Ambassador David Hale, the US envoy for Middle East Peace.
"I think you will see those same forces affect Hamas because clearly their leadership is not characterized by any of those words."
Hale cautioned that while Hamas is vulnerable, it will only lose power when the Palestinian people are given a real choice between peace and violence.
"That choice can only be put to the Palestinian people in the context of negotiations in which there is actually something tangible to be judged," Hale told the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
"It has to move beyond rhetoric which is unfortunately all we have right now to show for our efforts," he said.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Obama Mideast Peace Envoy Misses the Bus Re Hamas
Man, that Obama employs some real idiots. This guy, for instance: