Yitzhak Reiter

Is Hamas's Charter an Insurmountable Obstacle to Peace?

If you ask most Americans what a waqf  (plural, waqfs or awaqf) is they might answer that it is something to stir-fry their vegetable in or that it is a word from a Klingon dictionary.  Actually, understanding what waqfs are is essential to understanding why Hamas refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist.  Trying to understand Hamas's position without understanding what a waqf is is like parachuting into Pakistan wearing nothing but an American flag T-shirt.  You may as well apply for the Darwin awards because your understanding will be fatally flawed.

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