Hamas don't want to live in peace with non-Muslim people
* C Bowman (July 29) is right about the one-state solution, although probably not in the way he intended.
He asks that if Palestinians and Israelis claim they can live in peace in two states, then why can't they live in peace in one. But he should know that they can't because Hamas's explicit goal is still to get rid of Israel and kill all its citizens, not just the Jewish ones but the Muslim and Christian 'collaborator' ones, too. Hamas do not want to live in peace with any non-Muslim people anywhere and want to create a medieval Sharia Islamic state. How can you ever have a rational debate with people who have that aim as their starting point? Israel is the perfect deflection for when the Palestinian leadership want to divert attention from their own corruption and failings, despite the hundreds of millions provided to them, to provide even the most basic social services.
Even the IRA at the height of its terrorist campaign wasn't going to murder all Protestants if it gained control of Northern Ireland. Even if Israel agreed to the 1967 borders it had before it was again invaded by Arab armies, Gaza and The West Bank will never make an economically viable state. The real tragedy for the Palestinians is that by the world continuing to pander to such a myth, they keep them living in their self-created ghettos across the Arab world even longer, while it is Arab states who refuse to grant Palestinians, even those born in those countries, citizenship.