A cloud’s lining

Amos Oz says on Comment is Free that the rise of Hamas could be good news.

s there anything the new centre-left Israeli government can do for peace, as long as Hamas does not want any peace with Israel? It can “take the issue upstairs” – talk to the bully’s parents, as it were. In our case, the bully’s family is the Arab League, which in 2000 adopted a peace plan….

It is not unthinkable that a deal between the pragmatic Israeli and Arab governments can be reached – and then brought before the Palestinians for a referendum. … Instead of Israeli disengagement – bound to leave many issues open and bleeding – we can work with Egypt and Saudi Arabia for a lasting peace.