By contrast, Hamas, which seeks the elimination of
We have interests and our interests were well-served by bringing together these disparate groups together. If the Saudis, who have been bankrolling international terrorism, can be present at a historic, high-level contact, there might be a chance for peace after all.
Let’s deconstruct Haley’s argument, though.
He writes that the Bush Administration’s effort to isolate Hezbollah and Hamas will ultimately fail because it ignores the growing ties between
If it were true that
While it’s true that many Lebanese demonstrated in support of Hezbollah in the War of 2006, many did so because they were threatened by the state-like Hezbollah, whose Iranian-funded tentacles, provide schools and hospitals only to those that attend the rallies. This is coercion, not support.
Hezbollah, which used human-shields during the war, prohibited the Lebanese from fleeing at the barrel of a gun. They also, with the help of
As Ambassador Kurtzer mentioned, this effort to isolate
On a final point, Professor Haley suggests that the Israeli "politicians intend to seize large parts of the
This claim has no basis in fact. I challenge Professor Haley to provide any evidence for it. For starters, virtually every single Israeli government has supported a dismantling of the settlements with the reassurance that the Palestine Authority will end terrorism.