Yesterday, Hamas made quite clear exactly what they think of the nation of Israel:
Hamas on Thursday called on the UN to rescind the 1947 decision to partition Palestine into two states, one for Jews and one for Arabs.
The group said in a statement, released on the 60th anniversary of the UN vote, that “Palestine is Arab Islamic land, from the river to the sea, including Jerusalem… there is no room in it for the Jews.”
Regarding the partition decision, Hamas said that “correcting mistakes is nothing to be ashamed of, but prolonging it is exploitation.”
This is the same organization that Jimmy Carter has been urging Israel to deal with for years. Because he’s really, really sure that Hamas wants peace with Israel. He said so in February of 2006:
When I met with one of the Hamas leaders after the election, whom I had also met with ten years ago and hadn’t seen him since, he told me what the Hamas people want is a peaceful unity government. Whether he’s telling the truth, I have no way of knowing.
But my belief is that Hamas now wants a stable, domestically oriented policies in their government to deal with the problems of the Palestinian people. And in my belief is if they’re treated fairly, they might very well be less likely to resort to violence than if a Palestinian people are mistreated.
[...] By the way, let me add that eventually, Wolf, they are going to have to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist and resolve to their problems with Israel in a peaceful way. There’s no doubt about that. They cannot escape that international mandate which they have to fulfill.
There’s no doubt at all. Except the lack of doubt would be on the part of Hamas, whose charter states:
The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Moslem generations until Judgement Day.
If someone can find a word in the charter signifying anything other than the destruction of Israel and its replacement with an Islamic state, I’ll give you my Jeep.
Say, about those “stable, domestically oriented policies”—I wonder if this is what he had in mind?
The nights in Gaza belong to the Izzedine al-Qassam brigades. On potholed streets in the border city of Rafah last week, disciplined rows of fighters bristling with guns and rocket launchers listened to a midnight pep talk from their commander before melting into the darkness.
The militia that was once the underground military wing of Hamas, the Islamic extremist organisation, has become a feared unofficial army controlling this isolated strip of Palestinian territory.
I have been stating on this weblog for years that the terrorist groups do not want peace with Israel—they want the destruction of the Jewish state, and its replacement with an Islamic state. I have also come to the conclusion that that is what most Palestinians want. It is what Yasser Arafat wanted. It is what Mahmoud Abbas wants. It is what the overwhelming majority of Palestinians want. Poll after poll after poll has proven that most Palestinians approve of suicide bombings. They approve of “resistance” against Israel (code for armed attacks on all Israelis). They have been raised on decades of hatred, incitement, and the idea that if they only wait long enough, or get the right leadership. or maybe ally themselves with the right Arab nation, they can destroy Israel from without and within.
And don’t think this is limited to Hamas. The Palestinian Authority believes exactly as Hamas.
Just a day after Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the Annapolis peace conference pledged to negotiate a peace treaty by the end of 2008, Mahmoud Abbasâ€™s Palestinian Authority continues to paint a picture for its people of a world without Israel.
An information clip produced by the Palestinian Authority Central Bureau of Statistics and rebroadcast today on Abbas-controlled Palestinian television, shows a map in which Israel is painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing Israel turned into a Palestinian state.
This is the picture shown on Palestinian TV:
The Palestinians don’t want peace. They want Israel. And in case there was any doubt of that, I give you this exclusive from one of the Jerusalem Post’s most trusted reporters:
Fatah will fight alongside Hamas if and when the IDF launches a military operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior Fatah official in Gaza City said Thursday.
“Fatah won’t remain idle in the face of an Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip,” the official said. “We will definitely fight together with Hamas against the Israeli army. It’s our duty to defend our people against the occupiers.”
Please note that the quote is not from a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the “armed wing” of Fatah. That quote is from Fatah, the organization that is now headed by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president who claims he wants peace with Israel.
They don’t want peace. They want Israel.