When former US President Jimmy Carter announced on Monday that he had managed to lay the foundations for peace by getting Hamas to agree to recognize and live side by side with Israel, he failed to mention that the terror group's offer was a temporary one.
Speaking at a meeting of Israel's Council on Foreign Relations following a weekend jaunt to visit the Hamas leadership in Damascus, Carter enthusiastically stated that Hamas leader Khaled Mashal had told him the leading Palestinian faction was prepared to accept a Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank, and to recognize Israel's sovereignty on the rest of the territory west of the Jordan River.
Carter went on to imply that the only remaining obstacle to peace was Israel's refusal to talk with Hamas.
What the former president left out, and what Mashal revealed when speaking to reporters in Damascus later that day was that Hamas, in return for full Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders, would only implicitly recognize the Jewish state and would only halt its armed struggle for the liberation of all "Palestine" for a period of 10 years.
As dedicated Muslims, Hamas adheres to the dictates of their prophet Mohammed, which state that Muslims may agree to truces with superior infidel forces, but only temporarily in order to give the Muslims time to gain enough strength to complete their conquest.