Former President Jimmy Carter has come under heavy fire for engaging in discussions with Hamas leaders in order to explore the path to peace. Yesterday, heavy fire in Gaza resulted in the deaths of three Israel soldiers as well as the killing of several members of Hamas. A Hamas ambush caught Israel soldiers in a tight situation which resulted in the death of three. Rockets continue zooming from Gaza into Israel and Israel continues targeting Hamas leaders for death. The cycle of violence continues unabated but an effort at peace is described as leading to more death and destruction.
There is not the slightest piece of evidence current policies on the part of Israel or Hamas is leading to peace and security for all sides. The diplomatic fiasco continues in which Prime Minister Olmert is offering the Palestinian Authority only 64% of the West Bank and refusing to allow it to assume control of East Jerusalem. Oh, Muslims would be allowed to enter Israel controlled East Jerusalem in order to pray!
There is no indication the current process of “peace” negotiations is leading anywhere other than continued violence. Jimmy Carter pointed the way to sanity– engage in honest discussions with all components of the Palestinian leadership and work toward terms which respect the dignity and rights of all concerned people.