By the look of the letters pages in the papers, and the comments of many politicians globally, the success of Hamas in the Palestinian elections is engaging the thoughts of many people.
The first thought that entered my head when I heard of this victory was ‘maybe only Nixon could have gone to China‘, so maybe only Hamas can produce the path to genuine peace in the region. The second thought was that I’m probably just engaging in wishful thinking.
If there was one problem I would not want to be tasked with explaining the best way to deal with, it would be the Israel-Palestine situation and that of the wider Middle East, so I don’t profess to have any magic solutions to bring to this.
While it’s interesting to see the views of Australians, I’m not sure many of us here in Australia can provide uniquely valuable insights for the Palestinians and Israelis.
Here are two articles from the region which I found interesting (both sourced through The Daily Briefing):
UPDATES: The response from the USA government to the election result is reportedly to “press governments around the world – including in Europe, Asia and the Middle East – to sever economic ties and freeze most aid to the Palestinian territories until Hamas rejects violence and accepts Israel’s right to exist.” Interestingly, the same article also quotes Condaleeza Rice saying “I have asked why nobody saw it coming.” This does call into question just how much finger is on the pulse in the region, notwithstanding it being so central to many global political dilemmas. Mind you, before I get accused of having cheap shot at the USA, it should be noted that reportedly even Hamas were fairly surprised by the size of their win, if not the victory itself.
Not withstanding what I wrote in the 4th paragraph of this post, here are some comments by writers on other Australian blogs:
10th MARCH ADDITION: A piece from Online Opinion by Taya Fabijanic.