Former CIA director says US need to engage with Hamas in Gaza

A former CIA director said that if we (US) are going to restart the process of rejuvenating Gaza, we need to engage with Hamas.

Former CIA director says US need to engage with Hamas in Gaza

World Bulletin / News Desk

A former head of the CIA's Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program said that no democratization and economic growth can be possible without engaging Islamic groups, including Hamas and parties in these societies, during the interview of Washington Babylon.

Reminding Hamas was democratically elected in Gaza, Emile Nakhleh, author of the new book, "A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with the Muslim World", said that United States needed to engage Hamas.

"The result of the U.S. supported Palestinian elections of 2006, which were observed to be free and fair, was the election of Hamas," he said.

"As a result of the Gaza War, the Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas have become more and more discredited. If we are going to rebuild Gaza, if we are going to restart the process of rejuvenating Gaza, we need to engage with Hamas."

He underlined that economic growth of Gaza can't be achieved without engaging Hamas.

"For Hamas to become a partner, we need to focus on two major impediments: the continued Israeli occupation and the blockade of Gaza. Gaza has become a huge prison. If Gaza is going to economically grow, the blockade must be lifted. This can't be achieved without engaging Hamas."

He said Israel also must deal with Hamas on a daily basis on issues "that are not political but are germane to the populace."

He expressed the criticized about "the two-state solution" by U.S., saying "There is growing dissatisfaction with the two-state solution, amongst both Israelis and Palestinians... The other alternatives—like a one-state solution—would be difficult to sell either in Israel or the U.S. because of our domestic politics."

"If we are going to pursue the two-state solution, it must involve all Palestinians. And talking to the Abbas government in Ramallah is not a conduit to reach Gaza. The 2002 Arab peace initiative would be, as President Obama indicated, a good start. It generally calls for the Arab states to establish normal relations with Israel if Israel withdraws from the lands it occupied in 1967."

Nakhleh said US also should find common ground wtih Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Hezbollah on daily issues, such as education, economics, commerce, health services, and community services.

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