Since their founding in the early 1990’s the Hamas Islamic Organization, has been labeled as a terror group by countries around the world. Most relevant is the fact that until now, both the United States and the European Union believe that Hamas belongs in the category along with Al-Qaeda and Iran. But all of that is about to change.
The recent unity deal between Hamas and Fatah will in the very near future give Hamas legitimacy at the peace table. While Hamas is responsible for hundreds and hundreds of dead Israelis, just like Yasser Arafat’s Fatah/PLO was forgiven by the nations of the world for spilling blood, Jewish blood, Hamas is not far behind.
All Hamas has to do is take a page out of the Trojan Horse textbook belonging to Fatah who over the past 18 years has said ad-nauseum that they condemn terror and that they recognize Israel’s right to exist. Talk is cheap, but when you are an Arab terror group such as Fatah and Israeli civilians are your target, inaction (along with aiding, abetting, encouraging, and even carrying out terror attacks) is acceptable.
So while pundits around the world are deciding whether the Fatah/Hamas unity pact is a positive development or a negative one, Hamas is taking the time to learn the art of propaganda directly from their new handlers. And trust me, Hamas is a quick study. In newspapers across Israel this week, we were told that the Hamas leadership is willing to make a major “concession” and accept a “Palestinian State” along the so-called 1967 borders. Until now Hamas has publically been calling for the eradication of the entire State of Israel, so, to the naïve this would seem like progress.
In fact the move is a brilliant first step in their PR campaign aimed at legitimacy. While Hamas still insists that they have the right to armed-struggle and are not yet willing to recognize Israel as a Jewish State (something that Fatah has also never done), at least they are claiming that they are willing to live with a deal surrounding the 67 lines. Sounds good right?
I guarantee that the main stream media commentators, for whom the vast majority couldn’t care less about Israel’s survival, will in the next few days write about how Hamas is now a serious partner just because they made this apparent conciliatory statement. Simply ingenious.
Next Hamas will probably go on the record renouncing terror, then a few days later will accept Israel’s right to exist and on and on. That will be music to the ears of those who are in favor negotiating with this heinous and murderous group. The Europeans are already salivating at the chance to bring Hamas into the fold since they do control Gaza. Once the EU is on board it won’t be long before the US, the Quartet, and others also reassess their positions.
Imagine Hamas, the evil offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood, who gorges from the Iranian trough while in bed with Al-Qaeda, whose founding was based on a policy seeking the destruction of Israel, is given the red carpet treatment in capitals all over the globe. Just wait and see. I’m convinced it will become the reality in the not so distant future.
(reprinted with author's permission from the Algemeiner Journal, http://www.algemeiner.com/2011/05/15/hamas-becoming-mainstream/)
A Pre-Emptive Solution for Judea and Samaria
The Yesha Council representing Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (and at one time Gaza – please G-d again soon) has called on the Government of Israel to carry out pre-emptive measures and “apply Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria,” in response to the Fatah/Hamas unity agreement. The Council at the same time said that the new marriage between the two Arab parties absolves Israel from any obligations under previous Israeli and PA Arab agreements.
The Council has it right.
This new alliance is further proof that Israel is in reality dealing with one united entity that seeks its destruction. Since Hamas was birthed in the early 1990’s the only real difference when it comes to the policy towards Israel of Hamas and Fatah respectively is their methodology. While Hamas has always been open and honest about their desire to throw the Jews into the sea, Fatah has acted as a Trojan horse, preaching peace and condemning terrorism in English while constantly delegitimizing Israel and glorifying terror in Arabic.
Even Khaled Abu Toameh, Senior Arab Affairs correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, told me in a radio interview (listen to the interview here /Radio/News.aspx/3090) that despite their rhetoric, Fatah has not prepared its public to live in harmony with a Jewish State.
The Yesha Council’s statement comes on the heels of a reported Knesset bill being drafted by Likud MK Danny Dannon, which calls on Israel to annex Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and to bury the Oslo accords. Dannon’s move is intended to thwart calls by the Arabs for unilaterally declaring statehood via the UN this September (even though a General Assembly resolution is not legally binding, once such a bill is passed at the General Assembly the momentum might be carried over to the security Council). Dannon and other lawmakers are correct to put together this legislation, but I think the Yesha Council realized that waiting till September would be too late.
Israel has been notorious in the realm of Public Diplomacy by simply reacting to events as they happen (or well after they happen), instead of taking pre-emptive steps in making Israel’s case. Waiting for a UN resolution to pass before taking action and declaring Oslo dead would just be another case of “never missing the opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
The Yesha Council along with many other committed Zionist organizations have said time and time again that the government should abandon meaningless talks with the PA.
The Council should be commended for making the case for the rights of Jews to live in peace in all parts of the Land of Israel, before anti-Israel international bodies have their say.