In the Spring of 2005, The Palestinians were helping the Israelis decommission their settlement heads as they created their own self-governing officials= Annex 1, which was a requirement also for the Road Map for Peace, (i.e. Oslo II) and the next step= Annex 2, which was helping the Israelis withdraw their forces. It was a 3 step process in the agreement of the Oslo Accords, which they never made it to Annex 3, as laid out for easy reading in wiki.
IMO, All can argue till the end of time on what went wrong, who did what, and why Annex 3 never came about, but both sides were helping each other up until that point, with some setbacks- which are to be expected in a Bee’s Nest of age old discord.
The ONLY thing that seems to be a modern brick wall to the process, despite the bouts of deaths suffered on both sides, despite the religious contention, terrorism, the posturing of war, the inhumane treatment of civilians, and every other thing that has been present in that area for eons, they were still Tabling peace off and on, UNTIL HAMAS was elected!! Add the lobbing of missiles and you have a new age type war, except Hamas is still a bit out-tech’d on what they have to lob, but hey, a mob of angry women helped to dethrone a French King with garden tools, so I guess it can be done. He was a bit prissy, though Israel is not. Neither is the Palestinian people’s right to be self-governed without suffering the indignity of monsters for leaders or monsters stomping on their core rights to exist as a peaceable and prospering nation. There is much work to do to ensure this, whether another single death occurs or not from either side.
Hamas has always rejected the Oslo Accords, the Road Map for Peace, and anything else that calls for the end to violence. Why should they? They are a terrorist organization! “But Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Zahhar refused to renounce violence.” wiki.
Are you suggesting that Israel secretly initiated the process for Hamas to be elected by the Palestinian people? So they could reign down on the Gaza Strip for some kind of sick pleasure and resource harvesting?
The United States does not and will not negotiate with the Hamas regime. Like it or leave it, but I feel that expecting another country to negotiate with groups that our nation expends itself to put an end to is a form of bigotry, in that “Not I, but you need to lower your standards and tolerate Hamas.”
Again, I say, back to the table. For the people’s sake, and whatever the beliefs are that preserve life, not take it away. Unfortunately, to some, bloodshed is life, and this is religiously expended for the sake of personal rewards in the hereafter, which is their passion for “peace at last” and not possible, here, in hell with the infidels.