I've recently finished reading a book of Golda Meir's speeches. Then, even more recently, I've been reading the news about the ceasefire being negotiated in the Middle East. Here's hoping this ceasefire is somewhat more effective than the similarly negotiated ceasefires after the wars in 1948, 1956, and 1967. Said hope is slim, however, while some of the parties to the agreement continue to have the destruction of Israel as their only stated goal (cf. the history of Israeli relations with Egypt and Sadat's actions in 1977, which paved the way to finally making peace between Egypt and Israel).
Unlike Egypt, which had an existence outside its fighting with Israel, groups like Hamas were formed solely to work towards the destruction of Israel, making it harder for them to be parties to any sort of peace process.... Luckily, Hamas has ended up branching out from its primary mission somewhat, putting part of its efforts into the Palestinian community itself (education and so forth). This gives me hope that they could, if they chose to (a big "if") redefine themselves as something other than a group devoted to eliminating the existence of Israel.Posted by bzbarsky at June 29, 2003 11:19 AM