IT is no surprise that Hamas rejected Egypt's peace proposal. Hamas cannot have peace with Israel because its strategic culture calls for a constant conflict.
The group defines its raison d'etre as fighting the Israeli right to exist – not its occupation.
Its war against Israel is not about winning, as it cannot, but to keep the anti-Israel hysteria boiling.
It is a shame that the West has allowed this state of affairs in Gaza to continue for so long.
Instead of merely denouncing Israel for its military action, is it not time the West also took notice of the plight of Gaza's besieged citizens and helped free them from Hamas's quasi-legitimate rule?