Hanniyeh's argument challenges us to step back from the skewed coverage that distinguishes mainstream media coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict and simply recognize that there are two sides to the story.
Aggression Under False Pretenses: "I hope that Americans will give careful and well-informed thought to root causes and historical realities, in which case I think they will question why a supposedly 'legitimate' state such as Israel has had to conduct decades of war against a subject refugee population without ever achieving its goals.
Israel's unilateral movements of the past year will not lead to peace. These acts -- the temporary withdrawal of forces from Gaza, the walling off of the West Bank -- are not strides toward resolution but empty, symbolic acts that fail to address the underlying conflict. Israel's nearly complete control over the lives of Palestinians is never in doubt, as confirmed by the humanitarian and economic suffering of the Palestinians since the January elections. Israel's ongoing policies of expansion, military control and assassination mock any notion of sovereignty or bilateralism. Its 'separation barrier,' running across our land, is hardly a good-faith gesture toward future coexistence."