Tom Friedman: rescue Hamas

Leave it to the New York Times. Just as the Palestinians turn against Hamas, their lead foreign affairs columnist advocates Israel reach out to Hamas and rescue it from its own follies.First is the fact that Yasir Arafat's Fatah group, which has long dominated Palestinian life, is in disarray. Fatah will not disappear, but it will never again totally dominate the Palestinian Authority. Fatah will have to share power with Hamas, which has largely wiped out Fatah in Gaza already. Sooner or later, the U.S. and Israel are going to have to drop the economic sanctions they imposed on Palestinians to pressure Hamas into recognizing Israel.Aside from the absurdity and odiousness of reaching out to a group that advocates not just the destruction of Israel but the killing of Jews around the world (has Freidman read their charter, has he followed their propaganda, has he learned of their many attacks against Israeli civilians?), why would he advocate a rescue line being thrown to Hamas when...(Read Full Post)