“The image of Hamas is that of an extreme Islamic fundamentalist organisation, but I have to say that during our talk, Mr Mashaal spoke exclusively about the Palestinians’ wish to have a state of their own.
“One of the big stumbling blocks in negotiating with Hamas is its insistence that the state of Israel be destroyed, but Mr Mashaal spoke about having a 25-year truce with Israel if a land for peace deal could be reached. It seemed to me that he was adopting a pragmatic position.
“The fact is that before there can be a lasting peace deal, there will have to be a dialogue with the representatives of the Palestinian people. Whether we like it or not, that includes Hamas. I really think it is in the interests of Israel, as well as the Palestinians, for talks to take place. While there is a lot of pessimism around, the arrival of President Obama has created a new chance for progress that should be seized.”
Who am I quoting here?
None other than renowned polymath, part-time policeman, multiculturalist, film critic and now expert on Middle Eastern politics, Welsh Tory David Davies MP.
Where shall we send him next?