This analysis of Hamas’ election victory by Mark Lavie, who has been writing for the AP for years, deserves to be widely distributed.
It’s one of the few analyses that explicitly states Hamas will never — never — moderate, and it’s written by a man who was there at the birth of the organization.
My suggestion: Send the URL to your local newspaper and see if they’re interested in reprinting it. It deserves wide distribution.
It deserves to be on the op-ed pages of every major newspaper in America.
Now, nearly two decades later, Hamas has surprised itself and won a parliamentary election, putting itself in the position of official power in the West Bank and Gaza. And now the world is wondering â€“ do they really mean all that?
The charter is not an old, dusty document written by an idealistic founding generation to be memorized in classrooms but forgotten in practice, like the Declaration of Independence. Most of the people who wrote it are still around (some have been assassinated by Israel). The charter guides them because it sums up their core beliefs.
But they are patient. They acknowledge that there is a powerful state of Israel, and they are relatively weak. They offer Israel a long-term cease-fire if it will just get out of all of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem. The Palestinians would establish a state there and bide their time until the inevitable victory of their brand of Islam:
â€œThe time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews and kill them; until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!â€
The deepest-held beliefs of Hamas dictate Israelâ€™s destruction. Itâ€™s just a matter of timing.
Distribute this widely, please.
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