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“Who Needs Peace in the Middle East?” was the central issue Hanan Ashwari focused on throughout her foreign policy speech. The crowd sat intently, intrigued by her moderate views and ability to promulgate a diplomatic solution to the decades long conflict that has claimed the livelihood of two neighboring people. Ashwari expressed her concern about Israel’s increased militarization and that the fence, supposedly a harbinger to peace, is in fact, a symbolic division of Israel and the proposed nation of Palestine. She claimed the fence does not deter suicide bombers and the main explanation for the rapid decrease in suicide bombings was the willingness of Hamas and other alleged terrorist groups to bring about peace through diplomatic means. Hamas and other non-government organizations wanted to signal to the West they are a legitimate representative of the Palestinian people and are willing to come to terms with Israel through reasonable diplomacy. Although Hanan presented points with considerable merit,
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