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Arafat Didn't Give Up Terrorism Either

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Submitted by Liz Wagner (United States), Jan 25, 2006 at 12:01

Is Israel so beholden to Europe, that it must kau-tau to those calling for her to accept Hamas as a legitimate democratic representative of the people?

Israel took a chance negotiating with a terrorist, Arafat, who never changed his ways, even after collecting a Nobel Peace Prize for his "efforts." He never became a "responsible citizen." In fact, terrorism increased after Israel recognized the PLO as a legitimate representative of the people. So what makes Europe or anyone think Hamas will defy the odds and give peace a chance? It's true, Hamas is honest enough to say, "We will never stop killing Israelis until the country is destroyed, or until the Jews move somewhere else."

Is it so impossible for Israel to simply declare, "No. We're done negotiating with terrorists. We played the world's guinea pig for that experiment, and the theory was proven to be true: Negotiating with terrorists is unwise and leads to more terrorism. I want to see Israel refuse to negotiate with Hamas AND the PA.
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