Hamas terrorist to speak to British MPs

Posted: April 22, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Hamas, Terrorism

"Holocaust denial? Why wouldn't I shake his hand?"

"Holocaust denial? Why wouldn't I shake his hand?"

Now that they are open to talks with terrorist Hizb Allah group, it is Hamas’ turn, as British MPs want to find out for themselves if Hamas’ intentions are actually genocidal, or if it is just an act (tip: it is not).

Khaled Mashaal, who is living in exile in Syria, will answer questions for lawmakers inside a Parliament meeting room. Event organizers hope the session will help persuade the US and European governments to review policy toward Hamas.

Several European governments, however, said Tuesday they had no plans to open contacts with Hamas.

But a group of six British lawmakers who met with Mashaal last month in Syria say opening a new dialogue could be crucial to winning a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

“Anyone who genuinely wants to see peace in the Middle East ought to listen to what he has to say, and engage with him — he is a powerful figure” said Lynne Jones, a lawmaker with Britain’s governing Labour Party who traveled to Syria.

“This is an opportunity for parliamentarians in the UK to judge for themselves whether to attend and to hear for themselves what Hamas has to say,” [ex-Labour Cabinet minister Clare] Short said, in an e-mailed statement.

As you might have seen in quite a few cases, terrorists like to tell Westerners one thing, but share quite different views with their own people. It would be interesting to see if Mashaal would tell his British listeners he has no intention to recognize Israel. I am also curious if the MPs would ask Mashaal tough questions, such as: “Would you rewrite Hamas charter and erase calls for destruction of Israel?” I guess not.

Thankfully, there are some sane people among Brits as well:

“Hamas is a terrorist organization. They fire rockets at innocent civilians. They put ordinary Palestinians in harm’s way,” Britain’s Foreign Office said in a statement. “We believe that to talk to Hamas directly at this time would simply undermine those Palestinians who are committed to peace.”

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