It is passing strange that Israel is pressed endlessly by friends and foes alike to negotiate a so-called peace agreement with the Palestinian Arabs, even though the self-proclaimed Palestinian Authority consists of two brutal terrorist organizations - Hamas and Fatah.
After all, both terror entities are obliged by their charters to wipe Israel off the face of the map and, in the case of Hamas, to exterminate Jews worldwide. Hamas would do it immediately: Fatah would just take a little longer.
That being the case, have Israeli leaders rammed home to the likes of Secretary of State John Kerry, what Israel’s so-called “peace partners” have in store for the embattled Jewish state? If so, then how can Kerry continue to demand that Israel negotiate with such genocidal organizations?
How can Barack Hussein Obama - who is well aware of the evil contents of their charters - continue to demand the same whilst treating Israel and its Prime Minister in such an insulting and humiliating manner - even betraying the Jewish state in the midst of Hamas aggression by cutting off urgently needed weapons supplies?
How can foreign governments continue to embrace the Hamas/Fatah Palestinian Authority when they are, presumably, aware of its unbending determination to exterminate Israel? Is Israel reminding these governments of what is in the Hamas charter and of the apartheid policies of Mahmoud Abbas who will make any territory he is given judenrein (free of Jews)?
If they all know this, then how can the Security Council vote for creating a terror state to be called Palestine? Yes, we know about the specter of anti-Semitism but, perhaps, the answer also is that the odious charters are not being produced and exposed relentlessly. If not, why not?
Where is that Public Relations blitz that for so long should have been employed as a weapon alongside the IDF? Whether it is public relations or military power; attack is always the best form of defense.
One wonders under what rubric bordering upon insanity are such negotiations with an implacable and genocidal enemy meant to continue, and how has such a lamentable state of affairs come about?
We are forced to face the fact that it is always Israel which continues to lose the public relations war with the Arabs and with their supporters who wield increasing influence in the European and American corridors of power. The reason has been clear for a long time but it appears to have been lost on far too many Israeli leaders and politicians.
Going back decades, the Israeli Foreign Ministry gave public relations a very low priority. Why? Because the accepted wisdom was that Israel’s cause was so moral, so self-evident, that it hardly needed any PR defense when compared to the demonstrated genocidal Arab aggression and bloodcurdling threats made repeatedly against the embattled Jewish state.
That was Israel’s mistake, repeated, alas, again and again. Effective Hasbara has been the neglected step child in Israel’s defense; left instead to brave, principled and patriotic individuals to carry the precious burden.
Since the 1967 Six Day War, Palestinian Arab myths, dripping with emotional language, have gradually and inevitably been allowed to seduce vast numbers of the world’s population. The Egyptian born late arch-terrorist, Yasser Arafat, spewed his nonsense of an ancient Palestinian people in world forums, striking a chord among naïve idealists.
Again, misplaced arrogance by too many Israelis in leadership positions scorned such notions. Nobody could possibly believe such drivel, they claimed. Well , millions have.
Now it beggars the mind how such arrant nonsense vomited daily by the Palestinian Authority’s media machine can ever be excised from the minds of so many throughout the world.
The same Yasser Arafat, who wore a keffiyah in the shape of Israel, always hung on his study wall the infamous map showing the Jewish state renamed, ‘Palestine,’ stretching from the River to the Sea. Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas, now sits in front of that same notorious map and we have seen staged photos of world leaders and politicians standing with the same map behind them shaking the hands of Abbas. A picture speaks a thousand words.
The tragic reality is that people can easily be manipulated and influenced through skillful public relations and outright propaganda
Surely, the example of Nazi propaganda minister, Yosef Goebbels, and his Big Lie should have taught so many Israeli leaders that simple truth. But no, it hasn’t. Incessant propaganda, using highly skilled PR merchants, paid for with limitless Arab oil wealth, has done its damage over the years to the misfortune of Jewish state.
So now we have reached the baleful point where a deeply hostile incumbent in the White House, a man with Islamic sympathies which in themselves are highly suspicious, is threatening Israel with the prospect of the U.S. withholding its veto in the United Nations Security Council against the next predictable and inevitable anti-Israel resolution.
Mahmoud Abbas, the Holocaust denying head of the Palestinian Authority, is planning to bring to the UNSC a resolution calling for recognition of a Palestinian terror state - soon after the U.S. mid-term elections.
Such a perilous state of affairs would have perhaps been markedly reduced if Israel had relentlessly been providing to international forums and world leaders the most effective answer against negotiating an illegitimate peace treaty with the two wings of PA Terror Central - namely the Hamas Charter and the very words of unbridled hate that drips from the mouth of Mahmoud Abbas; the same Abbas who glorifies Palestinian murderers of Jewish babies.
So, for example, let us look at what Hamas has in store for the Jewish state and for Jews everywhere. After reading them, who would still pressure Israel to negotiate when, Hamas, the junior branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, calls for Israel and Jews throughout the world to be destroyed. Negotiate what exactly?
In an article in The Daily Caller blog, Jamie Weinstein exposes the Hamas Charter. He writes:
“Hamas was founded in December 1987. In August 1988, it issued a covenant outlining its mission. The covenant has never been renounced by Hamas, even though some try to claim it is now merely a historical artifact.
“Here are nine key takeaways concentrating on Hamas, taken straight from its charter.”
1.) Hamas isn’t looking to negotiate a peace deal with Israel. It wants to destroy Israel. Quoting Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, the charter reads:
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
2.) Actually, Hamas’ charter goes beyond destroying Israel. It longs for Jewish genocide:
“The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: ‘The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’”
3.) Hamas makes it clear in its charter that it doesn’t believe in peace conferences. As its charter states:
“Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.”
4.) Unsurprisingly for an organization that supports Jewish genocide, Hamas’ charter is explicitly anti-Semitic. For instance, Hamas’ charter claims Jews - not just Israelis - are responsible for all wars:
“There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.”
5.) And all revolutions:
“They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests.”
6.) And they also control media:
“For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realization of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others.”
7.) According to its charter, Hamas favors violent jihad:
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
8.) Hamas shares the Muslim Brotherhood’s enthusiasm for “death for the sake of Allah:”
“Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.”
9.) Hamas accuses Israel of being like Nazis in its charter. For instance, there’s this:
“The society that confronts a vicious enemy which acts in a way similar to Nazism, making no differentiation between man and woman, between children and old people - such a society is entitled to this Islamic spirit.”
Unfortunately a previous Israeli government allowed Hamas to gain strength in the territories, seeing it as a useful counter to Fatah. This was yet another mistake, which has come back to haunt the Jewish state.
It may be too late. The damage may be too severe but, better late than never, I believe it is incumbent upon a more nuanced and hopefully more effective Israeli public relations campaign to be launched quoting again and again the horrific clauses in the genocidal Hamas charter along with the poisonous words spewing from the PA’s media and from Abbas himself.
Who would still demand that Israel negotiate with such an inhuman entity? Outrageously, the Obama Administration, the EU, the UN, and so many misguided liberal Jews, like the notorious J-Street, still demand that Israel essentially commit national suicide.
Why, pray tell me, must we always witness Israeli leaders, year after year, tremulously refraining from forcefully rejecting the fraudulent charge of Israel being in occupation of ‘Palestinian’ land; a monumental lie that oozes from the very depths of Jew hatred, flies in the face of biblical and post-biblical Jewish history, and makes the very angels in heaven weep.
And why, oh why, must we have to squirm in embarrassment as an Israeli Prime Minister is forced by the present hostile incumbent in the White House to apologize to the Turkish Islamist thug, Recip Tayip Erdogan.
So show the vile Hamas Charter and quote the evil words of Abbas to all who hector and pressure Israel. If they do not come to their senses and recant, they would at least be seen as the immoral enemies of Israel; the Jewish state reconstituted now in its biblical and ancestral homeland.
It seems that the famous aphorism by Abba Eban that, “the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” has become a recurring problem for the Jewish state.
So stop apologizing when it is the Arabs, those who call themselves Palestinians, who have most to apologize for.
Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer and author of several published books including the trilogy, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.