UK Lawmakers Intend to 'Force' Brit Talks with Hamas
The CNN headline reads "UK lawmakers aim to 'force' Hamas talks". And indeed they do.
LONDON, England (CNN) -- A group of British politicians is trying to force the government in London to talk to Hamas, the militant Palestinian movement considered a terrorist organization by the United Kingdom, one of the politicians told CNN.
Baroness Jenny Tonge, a member of the House of Lords, met the political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, in Syria along with other British politicians on Saturday, she said.
"There are many politicians in Britain... who are increasingly frustrated that Hamas are not included in talks about peace," she told CNN by phone from the Syrian capital of Damascus."If we can get enough of them to talk to Hamas, we may be able to force the British government to talk to Hamas," she said. "We want the Brits and the European Union to put pressure on the United States" to meet Hamas as well.
Between the American president's pledge of $900 million to rebuild Hamas' Gaza - even while rockets fly into Israel - and British politicians' gambit to 'force' negotiations with Hamas, Israel must feel quite on an island. Even before the American elections, the prospects of this led me to predict that Israelis would finally choose Benjamin Netanyahu. They did, of course. And for a nation that simply seeks to survive, surely it's understandable given recent context.