Helena Cobban, The Christian Science Monitor | June 26, 2009
Any chance at Middle East peace requires recognizing that Hamas, labeled a terrorist group, remains a popular force. ++ Historical conflict regions such as South Africa and Northern Ireland teach us that even "terrorist groups" can and must be valuable parties in peacemaking. ++ During my interviews with Hamas, they stated their desire to heal rifts with Fata and establish a state alongside Israel - under their conditions. ++ This pragmatic shift represents a key opportunity; preconditions should be substituted with negotiated principles for all actors.