Another incremental step toward the fulfillment of my prediction.
The AP reports:
An independent human rights expert called Tuesday for the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union to fully recognize the Palestinian government – including Hamas members – as an “indispensable requirement” to peace.
John Dugard, the UN Human Rights Council’s investigator on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said the Mideast Quartet has to treat both sides equally if it wants to broker a successful peace agreement.
Israel has consistently rejected Dugard’s reports and statements as one-sided. In March he compared the Jewish state’s treatment of Palestinians to apartheid – comments that drew strong criticism from Israeli officials, who called them “inflammatory and inciteful.”
“In order to prevent another season of violence and to protect human rights in the region, the Quartet must intervene immediately in a fair and evenhanded manner,” said Dugard, a South African lawyer. “This means the recognition of both Hamas and non-Hamas members of the Palestinian Government of National Unity.”
Apparently Dugard’s definition of being fair an even handed means recognizing a terrorist group that is dedicated to the destruction of another nation.