Thursday, January 26, 2006

Peace in the Middle East

The election results from this week's Palestinian parliamentary elections, the first in a long time, are starting to come in, and it looks like Hamas has won a majority in the parliament. This is a turning point in palestinian politics and Israeli - Palesitinian relations. What Hamas is going to do from this point on, no one really knows. i'm not sure even Hamas knows. I have no doubts that they will try to do what they think is best for the Palestinian people, and that they will most likely be less corrupt than the current Palestinian Authority. However, I am worried about what this election signals for the future of peace in the Middle East. These election results will definitely have a profound impact on the upcoming israeli elections.

If, and this is a probably won't happen in a million years if, Hamas is willing to negotiate on the issue of peace with Israel, it could have a large impact in terms of creating a less volatile region. If peace can be made between between Hamas and a Likkud government, it truly will be a peace. As the saying goes, "It takes a Nixon to go to China." Thus, it takes a Likkud and a Hamas to make peace in Israel. Another result of this election, perhaps more undesirable, could be the galvanization of opposition parties and extremist parties in the surrounding Arab countries. This would make the Middle East a much more volatile region and a hotspot for years to come.

So, what do you think? Opposing and supporting opinions always welcome. :)


illustrator said...
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illustrator said...

I think it is very important to give Hamas an opportunity before drastic action is taken against them. Yes they have a horrible record, but they have never been a legitimate political majority before. Hopefully now, they will not need to resort to violence. I think the biggest concern is how the militant followers outside of the political scene will react to the stalemate that is coming between Hamas and Israel. Hopefully both sides can peacefully coexist until compromises can be made.

But, if the United States were to unilaterally interfere with Hamas before giving them a chance at peace, the Middle East will explode once again into a horrible cycle of violence. Not to mention more attacks against American targets by Palestinian sympathizers.