One reason Yasser Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize is that he was a master at making overtures of peace to the rest of the world while remaining a warrior among his own people. The Palestinian Authority’s new prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, is proving he may have what it takes.
Via Al Jazeera:
In presenting the cabinet for parliamentary approval on Monday, Haniya sought to reach out to the West by saying his government was ready for talks with the “Quartet” of Middle East mediators on bringing a “just peace” to the region.
In contrast, on Tuesday, Haniya said: “We were born from the womb of resistance, we will protect resistance and the arm of resistance will not be touched.”
While on the subject of Hamas, it’s worth pointing out this statement by one of its newest members of parliment:
Holding high a copy of the Koran, legislator Hamed Bitawi shouted: “The Koran is our constitution, Mohammed is our prophet, jihad [holy war] is our path and dying for the sake of Allah is our biggest wish.” His remark drew a thunderous applause from all his Hamas colleagues.
Read more at the Jerusalem Post.