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Rot or Prosper continued

Reader comment on item: My Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
in response to reader comment: OK, rot or prosper, I don't care which

Submitted by Fred Schlomka (Israel), Mar 1, 2007 at 00:08

hamas was elected because the Palestinians were tired of corrupt government by Fatah, and because of their track record. At the time they had enforced a cease fire for the previous year. I was in Jerusalem on election day last year and talked to many people who voted for Hamas. All of them felt that they were the lesser of two evils and would present a stong front in negotiations. Israel and the US of course refused to accept the results of an arguably clean election.

The elimination of the hope for peace has come from Israel's refusal to seriously negotiate for years before Hamas was elected.

Why will there be more bloodshed? Because Israel continues to expand settlements on land that is not part of the State, surrounds Palestinian towns with fences and walls, restricts there movements between their towns, and has crushed their economy,

You advocated in your post that Israel should unilaterally retain all the colonies on the West Bank. That alone will guarrantee a continuation of the war.

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