Bridge For Sale Alert: if the world understood that what Israel faces is a jihad, the same jihad that the rest of us face, no one would be in danger of believing this. Remember that there was not peace before 1967. Remember that the Muslim Arabs rejected the UN partition in 1948. Remember that there is no unanimity in Hamas about this offer even now.
Remember above all that the Islamic theology of the Dar al-Islam dictates that lands once ruled by Islamic law belong by right to the House of Islam forever. Remember that the Muslim Prophet Muhammad said, “War is deceit.”
But the world will remember none of this, and will rush headlong to embrace the Palestinian offer, in its never-ending thirst for a peace, any peace, however chimerical.
From The Australian, with thanks to JE:
HAMAS and other militant Palestinian groups have signed a document signalling their readiness for a peace agreement with Israel if it withdraws to the pre-Six Day War borders.
The document, drafted by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, is the first implying recognition of Israel to be signed by a Hamas leader.
Barghouti, serving life in an Israeli jail for his involvement in the Palestinian intifada, hammered out the agreement during weeks of negotiations with imprisoned leaders of other factions.
“The Palestinian people aspire to liberate their land and realise their self-determination, including the establishment of an independent state on all the land occupied (by Israel) in 1967, and to assure the right of return for refugees and the liberation of all prisoners and detainees,” the declaration says.
Among the signatories is Sheik Abdel Halek Natshe of Hebron, a senior Hamas official and member of the Palestinian parliament.
The declaration was also signed by Sheik Bassam Saadi, a leader of the most radical Palestinian group, Islamic Jihad, who appended several reservations, and the imprisoned leaders of other radical groups….