Hamas going forth responsibly


Ina move that verges on being sensible and responsible, Hamas has summarily ordered the closure of all the tunnels coming in to Gaza to prevent the possibility of less sensible elements kidnapping Israeli tourists. This is a bold move: the tunnels are Gaza’s primary lifeline in the face of the intensive Israeli blockade, and their closure will not be a popular move. However, if this prevents a kidnapping then it is a necessary decision, because the likely Israeli reaction would be vicious. Hamas, of course, is sensible and responsible a lot more often than they are generally given credit for, and decisions like this are important in increasing their international legitimacy. If a Palestinian solution is going to be reached, it is going to have to be with their involvement, and the easier they are for the West to trust the more likely they are to be involved.

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