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Return of the Elders of Moron

The Elders of Moron, that group of has-beens including Jimmy Carter and Desmond “Doesn’t look good in a” Tutu, have visited Gaza. Their purpose?

The Elders are on a week-long visit to the Middle East to encourage support across the region for the current final status negotiations, with emphasis on the need to reach a just and secure peace for all. They also want to draw attention to issues that cannot be ignored if there is to be a sustainable agreement – including the blockade of Gaza and the political isolation of the Hamas leadership from the peace process.

That’s right. Their agenda includes trying to have terror organization Hamas included in the so-called peace process.

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Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) meets with Member of The Elders delegation Mary Robinson in Gaza City October 16, 2010. The Elders arrived in Gaza on Saturday to draw attention to the ongoing of the Gaza's isolation and to call for the immediate lifting of the blockade, an official in The Elders said. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Elder Lakhdar Brahimi:

“Marginalising the Hamas leadership from the current peace process is also counter-productive. We were encouraged to hear from Hamas that they are committed to progress on intra-Palestinian reconciliation. Whether you agree with Hamas or not, they represent an important constituency among Palestinian people and sooner or later they will have to play a role in deciding their future.”

Elder Mary Robinson:

In our meetings with the authorities we raised issues of human rights violations that were reported to us. Mr Haniyeh said that if they were provided with specific allegations, they would investigate and report the outcome to us. He also said that any mistakes would be corrected.”

Notice the concern that Hamas be included in discussions, and the consideration of them as trustworthy, reasonable people who conduct credible investigations and are really concerned about human rights.

Notice also what was not on their agenda: the plight of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit – who has been in captivity for over 4 years – and the constant rocket attacks on citizens of Israel.

Here’s hoping these Elders go back to the retirement home.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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