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Keeping wits and perspective: Dealing with Hamas and Middle East

Temple Mount in peace
Temple Mount in peaceAFP/Getty Images/Thomas Coex

Being rational, one would not attempt to negotiate with terrorists. However, U.S. diplomats under the direction of President Obama and administration by Secretary of State Kerry, have decided that working through proxies: Qatar and Turkey is a way to communicate with the terrorist organization that has been elected by Gaza people to represent them. That was the choice of the people and so the perspective is that it is the only choice.

Step back, Hamas came into power as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood that was empowered by Egyptians who elected Morsi as President. They realized that they made a mistake and the military removed him by a coup. During the year of Morsi’s reign, tunnels connecting Egypt with Gaza were used to not only to supply Gaza with humanitarian materials, but to arm Hamas with missiles and ammunition.

Now, Hamas doesn’t have Egyptian support. It does have support from Qatar and Turkey. Turkey is a member of NATO, however Turkey’s leadership has swung away from the West and is succumbing from more radical Sunni Muslim influence as Qatar already does.

It would appear that Turkey would have a lot to lose by supporting the Hamas conflict. Qatar’s population is only slightly more than Gaza.

“Qatar has agreed to allocate some 20,000 work visas to the Palestinian people, the first such allotment granted to the group by the Gulf country in more than eight years, according to the state’s ambassador in Doha.”

http://dohanews.co/qatar-to-allot-20000-work-visas-for-palestinians/

On one hand, Qatar is making good faith effort to help Palestinians to achieve self sustainment. On the other hand, by supporting Hamas, Qatar is a sponsor of terrorists.

Why do Turkey and Qatar support Hamas? It is because they hate Israel. It is because they support Sunni Muslims.

Would it be possible for Egypt, Turkey, and Qatar to embrace a different approach toward Israel by accepting their right to nationhood and by pursuing a common approach to addressing how to produce a sustainable economy for all Arabs in the region who are living in economic distress?

The reasons for economic distress are complex, but not without solutions. Here is a list of how to address economic distress among Arab populations:

1. Recognize that populations are too large to support by the region’s natural resources.

2. Recognize that democratic freedom is underrepresented in the region’s various governments.

Country/Population

  • Egypt 86,000,000
  • Algeria 37,100,000
  • Sudan 34,848,000
  • Iraq 33,425,000
  • Morocco 32,666,179
  • Saudi Arabia 28,660,000
  • Yemen 25,502,000
  • Syria 21,740,340
  • Tunisia 10,673,800
  • Somalia 9,656,000
  • United Arab Emirates 8,089,000
  • Libya 6,449,000
  • Jordan 6,345,023
  • Lebanon 4,268,000
  • Mauritania 3,378,254
  • Kuwait 2,889,000
  • Oman 2,883,000
  • Qatar 1,921,000
  • Bahrain 1,341,000
  • Djibouti 923,000
  • Comoros 767,000
  • Israel 8,000,000

3. Recognize the necessity to segregate religion from government, and to encourage greater tolerance for diverse people with diverse beliefs.

4. Recognize the necessity for equality among men and women.

5. Recognize the necessity to educate and equip populations with skill, knowledge, and proficiency that will make them viable for self sustainment and self determination.

6. Israel must recognize that it is a nation that represents Jews, Arabs, and everyone else.

Soliciting these commitments and changes is not intended to be external arrogant impositions. They are to promote internal development that better prepares ancient societies to become more competitive and viable participants in the global community and economy.

“Kerry seeks Qatari, Turkish help to find Israeli soldier
BY DAVID BRUNNSTROM
RAMSTEIN Germany Fri Aug 1, 2014 11:25pm IST

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fearing an escalation of violence in Gaza, called on Turkey and Qatar on Friday to use their influence to secure the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier whose abduction led to the breakdown of a short-lived ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Kerry called Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu soon after being told of the abduction and the killings of two Israeli soldiers by an aide while flying back from a visit to India. The incidents led to the quick breakdown of a ceasefire Kerry had worked hard to broker.

“We have urged them, implored them to use their influence to try to get the release of that soldier,” a senior State Department official told reporters traveling with Kerry. “Absent that, the risk of this continuing to escalate, leading to further loss of life, is high.”

The official said he understood the ceasefire broke down about an hour after it began.

Kerry also talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was to speak to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Another senior U.S. official said the United States was still working with Egypt, which was to be a venue for talks between the parties during the ceasefire, as to what the next step would be.

“Obviously, they have willingness to host negotiations but our primary focus here continues to be on determining how to get to a ceasefire," the official said. "The question for everybody at this point is where we go from here, not just the United States, but the international community and that’s obviously the major topic of discussion of the secretary’s calls.

“Given the circumstances on the ground and the violence that's going back and forth, that (a ceasefire) is not something that's currently operable but that’s the only viable way in our view that we can see an end to the violence.”

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/palestinians-israel-kerry-idINKBN0G14TO20140801

1. Recognize that populations are too large to support by the region’s natural resources.
1. Recognize that populations are too large to support by the region’s natural resources. Abbas Momani / AFP / Getty Images

1. Recognize that populations are too large to support by the region’s natural resources.

That means that there must be governance and policies that educate people to manage the size of their families with regard to their capacity to support them. This approach applies universally to every nation and all people on the planet as the population growth exceeds the capacity to support it. People must address the ratio of resources to population.

2. Recognize that democratic freedom is underrepresented in the region’s various governments.
2. Recognize that democratic freedom is underrepresented in the region’s various governments. Getty

2. Recognize that democratic freedom is underrepresented in the region’s various governments.

Governments must be improved by committing high value to individual freedom and human rights. Governments must reform to higher democratic standards, and with commitment to developing sustainable economies and security for citizens. In every instance, these nations states can become viable and desirable partners in the global economy if they wish.

Of course, those with petroleum resources already are. The challenge is to look beyond that to a future when oil is empty. The challenge is to address economic disparity and inequality.

3. Recognize the necessity to segregate religion from government, and to encourage greater tolerance for diverse people with diverse beliefs.
3. Recognize the necessity to segregate religion from government, and to encourage greater tolerance for diverse people with diverse beliefs. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images When Hamas and similar groups talk about ‘occupation,’ they’re referring to every square

3. Recognize the necessity to segregate religion from government, and to encourage greater tolerance for diverse people with diverse beliefs.

An enormous cultural change must take place to stem radical religious terrorism and to eliminate it from the world. It has the same effect as crime. Terrorism that often stems from radicalized religion undermines global safety and security, and for that reason has evoked war by the free world nations to combat it.

4. Recognize the necessity for equality among men and women.
4. Recognize the necessity for equality among men and women. Getty Images

4. Recognize the necessity for equality among men and women.

Perhaps this item needs to be at the top of the list. Inequality among men and women is everywhere and universally unacceptable. When society agrees with that, progress can be made on the entire humanitarian front.

Nation states have signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but many have failed to abide by it.

5. Recognize the necessity to educate and equip populations with skill, knowledge, and proficiency that will make them viable for self sustainment and self determination.
5. Recognize the necessity to educate and equip populations with skill, knowledge, and proficiency that will make them viable for self sustainment and self determination. The Taliban attack on Malala Yousafzai has highlighted the issue of education for girls around the world. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

5. Recognize the necessity to educate and equip populations with skill, knowledge, and proficiency that will make them viable for self sustainment and self determination.

No nation state possesses all of the material and other resources required for independent existence. In fact, economic wisdom encourages collaboration among diverse people who represent a range of assets and capabilities. In the modern world, all humankind benefits from progress in education among all populations.

6. Israel must recognize that it is a nation that represents Jews, Arabs, and everyone else.
6. Israel must recognize that it is a nation that represents Jews, Arabs, and everyone else. Getty Images

6. Israel must recognize that it is a nation that represents Jews, Arabs, and everyone else.

This circumstance cannot stand.

“JERUSALEM: Most Jewish citizens of Israel support discrimination against Palestinians, a new poll has found, with 69 per cent advocating preference for Jews over Arabs in government jobs and 74 per cent in favour of segregated roads in the West Bank.”

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/israelis-back-discrimination-against-arabs-poll-20121024-2844m.html#ixzz39Ah9krah

““Establishing a reasonable harmony in relations between a majority and minority is a difficult task that is the responsibility of all society,” the Or Commission wrote. “It requires special effort by state institutions, which reflect the hegemony of the majority, in order to balance the vulnerability of the minority. Abstaining from effort, or doing it badly, causes feelings of deprivation among the minority, and a reality of deprivation, which may get worse over time.””

http://www.haaretz.com/business/business-opinion/.premium-1.608011