Hamas Leaders Vow To Keep Fighting
In an almost predictable sort of way, Hamas leaders Monday vowed to continue the fight against Israel in the heated West Bank territory. Peace talks had been happening between the two nations, but seemingly ended on Sunday when the Israeli moratorium of new settlement home building ended in East Jerusalem, and new construction appeared to start right away on many new buildings.
In a interview with CNN, Hamas' political leader Khaled Meshaal says his group has "a legitimate and just cause, and therefore we will win no matter what."
This is nothing new from the Hamas party. They have never, and seemingly never will, supported any type of two state system between Palestine and Israel.
Palestine's president Mahmoud Abass had asked President Netanyahu of Israel to extend the moratorium for another "three or four months while there are negotiations underway." But President Netanyahu has always been considered a hard-liner and has a penchant for always sticking to his guns. He has stated that once the 10-month, self-imposed halt on new construction was over, he would not extend it, even while under pressure from the U.S State Department.
Although new attacks have not occurred in the highly disputed area, all governments involved see that as a moot point now. One more aggression from either side now will light the powder-keg that is the West Bank, and the world will be looking at another Israel/Palestine War.