The AP has a remarkably plain-talking article about Hamas’ rejectionism.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Following their resounding election victory, the Islamic militants of Hamas met the question of whether they will change their stripes with a loud “no”: no recognition of Israel, no negotiations, no renunciation of terror.
Wow. That’s about as plain as you can get it: The three no’s, in the first paragraph.
But the world holds out hope that international pressure can make them more moderate. At stake is the future of Mideast peacemaking, billions of dollars in aid and the Palestinians’ relationship with Israel, the United States and Europe.
Yes, because the world is full of fools. And later, the AP proves it is full of fools, too. Although the headline states clearly that Hamas refuses to change, much of the article is devoted to the writer bending all over himself to make it seem like Hamas is going to become more moderate.
An interview with an up-and-coming young Hamas leader in a dusty Gaza Strip field revealed how the organization’s slant could shift.
Mushir al-Masri said renouncing the “armed struggle” and negotiating with Israel are “not on Hamas’ agenda” because a decade of talking won the Palestinians nothing.
“We cannot waste 10 more years when the last 10 years failed to realize even the minimum amount of Palestinian hopes,” he said.
But when an aide tried to put a green Hamas sash over al-Masri’s shoulder before a TV interview, the 29-year-old newly elected lawmaker shooed him away. “You should bring me the Palestinian flag,” he said, reflecting his movement’s stated desire to represent all Palestinians.
Follow that logic? Hamas is going to moderate its stance because a spokesman said to use palestinian insignia, not Hamas. Get it?
No, neither do I.
By all accounts, Palestinians didn’t choose Hamas because they reject peace talks with Israel but rather because they were fed up with graft in the ruling Fatah Party. Hamas candidates ran on a platform of clean government, largely de-emphasizing their militant credentials.
That’s because the media are all lying to us and to themselves.
If Hamas truly wants to moderate its stance, all it has to do is stop saying it won’t, you know, moderate its stance. How difficult is that to understand?
Yes, I know. It’s very difficult to understand for some, because they think when Hamas says they will not recognize Israel, nor negotiate with her, nor have peace with her, they think that they’re just kidding.