‘Mugged by Reality,’ Jewish Week’s Resident Right-Winger Says ‘Let's Talk to Hamas’

The idea of direct Israeli negotiations with Hamas — once the province of doves — has gained an unlikely advocate in The Jewish Week’s decidedly right-leaning associate editor, Jonathan Mark.

In his column this week, Mark writes:

The question of what level of diplomatic contact Israel — and the international community — should have with Hamas is a tough call. At the very least, both sides in this debate deserve a respectful hearing. Mark’s column (along with support for talking to Hamas from the likes of former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy) shows that advocates of negotiating with the Islamist militant group can’t simply be dismissed as naïve doves.

While reasonable people can differ on the issue of how to deal with Hamas, I do hope that there can be a communal consensus to (at the very least) flinch when Palestinian civilians “catch an IDF bullet.”

Read Jonathan Mark’s full article.

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