[quote="Kadaveri, post:6, topic:200713"]
Hamas has repeatedly stated (including its leader just last week) that it will end armed struggle against Israel if it withdraws to its legal 1967 borders. They are not the obstacle to settling the conflict, the obstacle is that Israel in defiance of the entire world is refusing to withdraw.
You missed this little point from your article:
Hamas, which refuses to recognize Israel, has long maintained that it will enter into a long-term truce if Israel pulls out of the West Bank and East Jerusalem and agrees to a right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees.
For a nation of some 6 million (20% are Arab, in Isreal proper). What does allowing 5 million Palestinian Arab refugees into Isreal do?
What the previous 3 wars with Arabs didn't do: put an end to Isreal as a Jewish state.
Hamas wants to fulfill its Covenant:
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory)."
Isreal has withdrawn from Gaza entirely, and other than a few settlements in the WB, the West Bank, entirely. The sticking points remain a "right of return" for all Palestinian Arabs, and East Jerusalem.
In 1947, the British Raj fell, and the modern states of Pakistan, India, and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) declared their independence. 7 million Muslim fled the new Hindu majority state of India for Pakistan and East Pakistan. 7 million Hindus and Sikhs fled Pakistan and East Pakistan for India. Ever notice that none of the Muslims, Hindus, or Sikhs are living in UN camps, with perpetual refugee status?
The Arab League forbids any of its member states from granting the 2 million+ Palestinian Arabs living in UN camps in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan any citizenship rights as a wedge against Isreal.