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Hamas's failure to recognise Israel will not be an issue if Palestine itself is recognised

By Alastair Crooke   April 2006

On the face of it, the Hamas refusal to recognise Israel seems perverse: plainly Israel “exists.” Tel Aviv is a large modern city that shows no sign of sliding into the sea. To us in the west, this posture has the taint of ideological backwardness. Hamas, however, is neither stuck in the past nor unable “to do politics.” What it is doing is identifying a key failure of the Israeli-Palestinian political process since the Oslo accords were signed in 1993—which is the omission of any clear outline of Palestinian rights.

What Hamas is saying in refusing to recognise Israel is…

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