Even as Hamas launched more than 400 rockets into Israel this week, the terror group — and those around the world who make excuses for it — still talked of seeking a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That is ridiculous, writes JNS' Jonathan Tobin, as Hamas' violence shows that peace is not what it is pursuing:
Hamas’s decision to launch hundreds of rockets, which has resulted in the death of one man (a Palestinian working inside Israel) and the wounding of more than two dozen Israelis so far, is being discussed in the international media as just one more episode in an endless “cycle of violence,” in which the Jewish state is as guilty as the Islamist terror groups that rule Gaza.
But whether this episode leads to a further escalation of fighting or a return to relative quiet—as the government led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly hopes by agreeing to a cease-fire on Tuesday—the ongoing violence demonstrates that it would be utter folly for the Trump administration to push for a new round of peace negotiations with the Palestinians anytime soon.
The problem isn’t a lack of negotiations, it’s the lack of conditions that could possibly lead to a comprehensive peace that dictates that Trump’s foreign-policy team will be wasting its time—and perhaps raise expectations in a way that could lead to more bloodshed—if it pushes ahead with plans to foster what U.S. President Donald Trump has called the “deal of the century.”
It must be understood that far from seeking to provoke or attack Hamas, the Israeli government has been doing its best to keep a lid on the situation. In the days before the flare-up, Netanyahu went so far as to allow $15 million in cash donated by Qatar to be driven into Gaza to pay the salaries of Hamas government officials. That was part of an effort to negotiate a lessening of the tensions that have risen this year due to the Palestinian Authority’s decision to pressure Hamas by cutting off its financial support of Gaza.
What those who talk about the cycle of violence miss about what has been happening is that although the Palestinian factions speak as if their sole focus was their century-long war on Israel and Zionism, their true enemies are each other...