Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Islamic government in Gaza has urged other militant groups to cease firing rockets into Israel in order to ensure peace for the people of Gaza. Rocket fire by groups like Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees have made the past two weeks more violent than in recent months. Haniyeh said: “we call upon Palestinian factions to intensity their meetings in order to reinforce the national agreement and to work in a joint spirit to protect our people and to protect our interests and to block any possible Israel aggression against our people.” This type of statement has been what Israel leaders have urged for over half a century. The question is whether the Israel government will seize upon the Haniyeh comment as a spur to peace and reconciliation.
Unfortunately, Israel is led by men and women who prefer focusing on their private agendas rather than on the goal of peace in the Middle East.