Some people look at an extended olive branch and see kindling.
And so it is with the disgustingly predictable Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal who greeted the Gaza pullout with the following:
The resistance is capable of ending the Israeli occupation and achieving all our rights. The armed struggle is the only strategy that Hamas possesses.
Neither the liberation of the Gaza Strip, nor the liberation of the West Bank or even Jerusalem will suffice us. Hamas will pursue the armed struggle until the liberation of all our lands. We don’t recognize the state of Israel or its right to hold onto one inch of Palestine. Palestine is an Islamic land belonging to all the Muslims
It makes perfect sense.
Mashaal is in the the violence business. Peace renders him and his obsolete.
The key at historical moments like these is that someone on the Palestinian side yells louder than he does.
Meanwhile, the Israelis must also deal with their own extremists. A gunman killed four Palestinians in the West Bank on Wednesday.
Sharon yelled pretty loudly denouncing the act as “an act of Jewish terror against innocent Palestinians out of twisted thinking, aimed at stopping the disengagement.”
There has always been a third side in this conflict. The side that doesn’t want peace. They will not go away easily. The question is how much impact their words and deeds have on those who know that peace is the only reasonable path.