“Abbas Ready to Meet Security Commitments,” by Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press, http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/20050113/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_palestinians, 13 January 2005 (from Little Green Footballs).
“Hamas doesn’t want to eliminate Israel. Hamas is a realistic political movement,” Yousef said, in a marked departure from the group’s previous calls for the Jewish state’s destruction.
The question isn’t whether Sheik Yousef is lying. Of course he is. Hamas wants to destroy Israel.
What matters is that reality has changed. Ultimately, reality alone determines rhetoric and action. The Bush/Sharon plan, together with Arafat’s death, have changed reality in Israel, Gaza, Judea, and Samaria. Reality now says Hamas has to talk peace. Reality now says Hamas is in more danger from real forces if it opposes Israel than it is from murderers if it keeps to the old line.
Bush and Sharon have changed reality in Israel. We are winning.