Guardian Columnist: Hamas Refusal to Recognize Israel Not “Urgent Problem” for Europeans

Jonathan Steele, in a column in the Guardian, hails Hamas’s victory as “the best news from the Middle East for a long time.”

He writes:

In Israel and Washington reaction to Hamas’s victory has been predictably negative. European governments should take a more sensitive view…

If Europe, weak though its power may currently be, wants to have an independent role in the Middle East, clearly different from the manipulative US approach, it is vital to go on funding the PA regardless of the Hamas presence in government…

Above all, Europe should not get hung up on the wrong issues, like armed resistance and the “war on terror”. Murdering a Palestinian politician by a long-range attack that is bound also to kill innocent civilians is morally and legally no better than a suicide bomb on a bus. Hamas’s refusal to give formal recognition of Israel’s right to exist should also not be seen by Europe as an urgent problem…

There was a day when Europeans didn’t see Hitler’s hatred of the Jews as an “urgent problem” either.

Read Steele’s whole column here.