Here's the part of what's going on that I don't get:
On Saturday, Palestinian militants holding an Israeli soldier issued a new set of demands, calling for the release of 1,000 prisoners and a halt to Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. But Israel rejected them.Now, how can Hamas negotiate with a country it doesn't recognize? And how can Israel negotiate with an entity that doesn't recognize its right to exist and wants to push its people into the sea?
The new call for a prisoner swap was issued by the militant wing of the ruling Hamas party and two smaller militant groups with ties to Hamas — the Popular Resistance Committees and the Army of Islam. The three groups have claimed responsibility for Sunday’s abduction of Shalit, 19, in a cross-border raid.
In a joint statement, the militants condemned Israel for launching a military operation while diplomatic efforts were continuing. Egyptian mediators have been trying to find a resolution for days.
“Despite the efforts of the mediators, who quietly tried to quickly resolve this humanitarian case, the enemy and its political leadership is still under the influence of their military and security commanders, who know nothing but the language of invasion, destruction and killing,” it said.
It seems to me this transcends taking a side, i.e., whether you're the most strident anti-Zionist in the world or Israel's strongest proponent or somewhere in the middle, you should think that it doesn't make sense for these two entities to negotiate. But I'm open to someone pointing out why I'm wrong.