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Re: Re: In Praise of “Disrespect”

Eric, finger-wagging at a nation on the verge of elections and assuming their inability to comprehend American policy can be called a lot of things, but respectful is not one of them. Indeed, the State Department statement you link to not only respectfully praises the Palestinian Legislative Council for holding elections, but makes U.S. opposition to Hamas’s ideology explicit before the fact:

To participate in a peace process of Israelis and Palestinians, the Palestinian partner must at least accept Israel’s right to exist. To implement agreements on movement and access for the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian partner must be committed to preventing violence. In short, the Palestinian partner must be committed to peaceful development.

This doesn’t even require reading between the lines: Electing Hamas will sideline the peace process. What more could the U.S. have said?


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