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Reader comment on item: Why Hamas['s Electoral Victory] Leaves Me Neutral

Submitted by ROBERT SHERER (United States), Feb 1, 2006 at 10:21

I, for one, do not care to even try to find a difference between one "Palestinian" terrorist group and another. Neither is to be trusted; neither is prepared to live in peace with a Jewish state as its neighbor.

Each has, as its goal, the wiping of Israel off the map of the Middle East. Any differences between them are irrelevant when viewed from an Israeli point of view. My reaction to the Oslo agreement, when Shimon Peres proudly announced it to the world was "The son of a bitch {Arafat} couldn't deliver if he wanted to." Within a month after the first turnover of a piece of a piece of Israel to him, Arafat made me a prophet. That most of the Israeli electorate felt as I did was proven when the next election turned on Labor and brought Likud (Natanyahu) into power.

For reasons I could never understand, Natanyahu ignored the mandate Israel's voters had given him, and decided that he was obligated to honor Rabin's agreement despite the "Palestinians'" failure to honor the promises they had made. Unfortunately, General Sharon did the same turnaround after he was elected, and his stooge, Olmert, appears to be following in his foot steps.

Just what is the matter with these Israeli politicians? Who owns these people, and how can Israel get a prime minister who will say what he means when running for office, and will maintain the same position after he is elected?

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