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Dennis Ross: 'International Community Must Insist That Hamas Give Up Its Weapons As Has IRA'

'IRA & Sinn Fein Have Adopted Peace Agenda And So Must Hamas'

Hamas credo: 'Strives To Raise Banner Of Allah Over Every Inch Of Palestine'

Dennis Ross with Ehud Barak
(Image:U.S. Department of State)

Former U.S. peace envoy Dennis Ross says Hamas must follow the IRA in Northern Ireland and give up its weapons, if Hamas wants to participate in the political process with Israel. Ross was the Clinton Administrations special representative to the now defunct Oslo peace agreement that was signed by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn in 1993. Appearing before the Forum on the Middle East in the Knesset, Ross gave an insiders view of Oslo and looked at future prospects for the Roadmap. David Essing has these audio and printed reports.

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The international community must demand that Hamas give up its arms like the IRA, if it wants to be a partner in the political process. Thats the view of former American diplomat Dennis Ross who was the Clinton's administrations special representative to the Oslo peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Ross went on to say that Sinn Fein and the IRA have adopted a peace agenda and so must Hamas.

And what of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's position that he will not enter the Roadmap process unless Palestinian leader Abu Mazen first dismantles all the terror organizations as stipulated in the first clause of the Roadmap. Ross says Israel and the Palestinians disagree about all fifty-two clauses in the Roadmap; this is because they were not involved in its drafting. The former diplomat believes the Roadmap is nothing more than a 'list of slogans' and the Bush Administration will probably see it this way. And what if the Roadmap fails? Ross speaks of a fragmentation of the Palestinian territories with different groups taking control of various areas. Peace moves between Israel and the Palestinians would be put off for another decade.

Why is it so vital for Hamas to give up its weapons? Heres what Hamas declares to be its goals and its orders to Muslims:

The Charter of Allah:

The Platform of the Islamic Resistance movement (Hamas)

The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinct Palestinian Movement which owes its loyalty to Allah, derives from Islam its way of life and strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.

Only under the shadow of Islam could the members of all regions coexist in safety and security for their lives, properties and rights. In the absence of Islam, conflict arises, oppression reigns, corruption is rampant and struggles and wars prevail. Allah had inspired the Muslim poet, Muhammad Iqbal, when he said: When the Faith wanes, there is no security There is no this-worldliness for those who have no faith Those who wish to live their life without religion Have made annihilation the equivalent of life.

The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0 Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).

(Translated and annotated by Raphael Israeli, Harry Truman Research Institute, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)


David Essing

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