Recognizing Hamas As a Terrorist Group

Negotiators from Israel and the Hamas terrorist group that controls Gaza met under Egyptian sponsorship this week, in an attempt to end fighting between the two. Israel had agreed to a cease-fire to facilitate the talks.

But on Tuesday night, Hamas broke the cease-fire by sending three rockets – seen by some journalists – into Israel. Hamas showed other reporters one of the tunnels it hopes to use to infiltrate Israel, as terrorists vowed to destroy the Jewish nation.

Before the negotiations broke down as a result of the Hamas attack, they were at a stalemate over one Israeli demand. It was only that Hamas agree to disarm.

Any questions about blame for civilian deaths in the weeks-long duel between Hamas and Israel? There should not be any.

Events this week reinforce history dating back years: Hamas is a terrorist group directly responsible for every death of Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Until the world community recognizes that, there will be no peace in the Middle East.