October 4, 2007
Should Israel leave Hamas out of negotiations?
(Page 2 - Previous Page)"Hamas is a bulwark in the face of radical and militant ideas and trends," Yousef declared. "The West should ask itself whether it wants the moderation and realism of Hamas or the dogmatism of radical groups that subscribe to the clash of civilizations theory."
The question for Israeli decision makers: Is the Haniyeh-Yousef line worth exploring, or would the very attempt prove a trap? So far the Israeli government's answer has been a resounding "no" to any dialogue with Hamas.
Leslie Susser is the diplomatic correspondent of the Jerusalem Report.
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