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Dear Prof. Bahbah…

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15.09.2020

I would like to discuss your recent featured post in the ToI, headed “A lot can happen between now and 2024,” with the additional subheading, “Palestinians have a real chance at a state if they seize the moment with creativity and strategy, which won’t happen under their current leadership”.

I suppose that, when confronted with a problem, it’s better to have an optimistic rather than a pessimistic view of the future because, if you’re convinced at the outset that the problem can’t be solved, why try? But it’s probably also true that a wise person would not permit optimism to camouflage or hide the seriousness of the problem. Frankly, I think your optimistic outlook has caused you to skim over and practically ignore the single most significant obstacle to resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

The single most significant obstacle is, in a word, Hamas. You and I both know that Hamas is an armed group of Muslims (whom I believe to be terrorists, although you may not share that view) who are the de facto rulers of Gaza. In 2007, when Mahmoud Abbas actually was the de jure president of the Palestinian National Authority (his four-year term commenced in January of 2005, and many people still refer to him as “president” fifteen (15!) years later), troops loyal to the P.N.A. were violently ejected from Gaza by Hamas gunmen. There were deaths on each........

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