A lasting truce to the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza must ultimately be hammered out at the source, says retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Hampton.
"It's got to be solved by the people that live there and have to put up with it every single day,'' Hampton said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.
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"We can help, we can suggest, but it's got to be something that both sides have to deal with," Hampton said.
"The problem with Hamas right now is that there's really not anybody left over there in charge or with enough stature within Hamas to sit down at a table with the Israelis or anybody else and talk about terms.''
Hampton — author of "Lords of the Sky: Fighter Pilots and Air Combat, from the Red Baron to the F-16,''
published by William Morrow — said his view is neutral.
"I'm not pro-Israeli, I'm not pro-Arab. What I am is pro-American, and I don't want to see us get mired up in something else that we can't solve.''
Hampton says a neutral third party with a vested interest in peace — such as the king of Jordan — could begin negotiations.
"If he can be persuaded to do it, [he] would be an excellent choice because he's half-Arab, his mother was British and he lives over there,'' Hampton said.
"He's a king, he's a monarch. He's somebody that the Israelis have dealt with and trust, he's somebody that the proper Palestinian party would support and listen to.
"I don't know if you could talk him into it, but he would be somebody that would stand a chance at maybe mediating this.''
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