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The Great Unmasking

By Michael Freund
1/27/2006, 12:00 AM

The overwhelming Hamas victory in this week’s Palestinian elections is a political earthquake – the kind of seismic event whose aftershocks and repercussions will be felt throughout the region for a long time to come.

But the most immediate result – and the one least talked about by the mainstream media, of course – is that this turn of events constitutes the great unmasking, both of the Palestinians and of Israel’s left.

Hamas_election_victory No longer can it be said that “the majority of Palestinians are interested in peace”, or that it is just “a small band of extremists” on the Palestinian side that stand in the way of regional reconciliation.

The Palestinian electorate has expressed itself loudly and unequivocally – they voted a movement into power whose political agenda amounts to mass murder. It was not a close race or a narrow election victory for Hamas – it was a sweeping and comprehensive triumph, one that was granted to the terrorists by the overwhelming majority of Palestinian voters.

The only possible conclusion one can draw from this is that most Palestinians want to see Israel destroyed, and most Palestinians want a political leadership that will actively advance that goal.

Needless to say, that is precisely what the Israeli Right has been saying all along for the past decade, warning against the creation of a Palestinian entity or its continued empowerment by Israeli retreats.

And that is also precisely what the Israeli Left has refused to believe in its delusory quest to appease our neighbors.

But now, the facts speak for themselves, and they are there for all to see. The withdrawal from Gaza has led directly to the creation of a “Hamastan” alongside Israel.

The only question now is whether this turn of events will at last wake up the Left and cause them to realize the folly of their ways.

If past experience is any indication – don’t count on it.

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