Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 30, 2014
The narrative proffered on Israeli-Palestinian (Hamas) conflict by Progressives including President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry borders on the absurd. This often infers moral equivalency between the actions of Israel and Hamas. In essence they conclude that if both sides would restrain their actions, an environment could be created that would lead to a peaceful solution. This view ignores history, as well as the actual goals of each party. It also uses the same logic for the Middle East proffered by Western diplomats since World War I that has proven to be fallacious.
The broader Middle East conflict has been ongoing since long before the modern state of Israel was created in 1947. It predates the Crusades and began with a schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims for the control of Islam. The current crisis in Syria and Iraq is a continuation of this centuries-old battle. It is also the basis of the regional conflict between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran. Compared to this conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian issue is in the noise. Assuming away the State of Israel would likely eliminate one of the few coalescing issues within Islam that kept the Sunni-Shia conflict from becoming a full-blown war in recent decades.
Now back to the current Israeli-Hamas issue and the lame logic from Progressives. From Israel’s perspective, most Israelis desire a two state solution, but one that includes security for a Jewish nation. Ideas concerning the final borders a two state solution vary within Israel depending on political views. This varies from an accommodating position, to others that are unreasonable.
From the Palestinian (Hamas) perspective, while they might give lip service to a two state solution, this is not possible within their charter. Hama’s charter includes the following comments about Israeli’s/Jews:
“The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: 0 Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree.”
Progressives will make excuses for Hamas’s incendiary and anti-Semitic language, just as they did for Adolf Hitler prior to World War II. Cutting through the diplomatic jargon, it will relate to a theory that negotiations are always better than the alternative. However, actual negotiations require willing partners for a negotiated outcome. In addition, as Roosevelt and Churchill correctly concluded once World War II commenced, negotiations with the Nazis was never an appropriate choice.
Finally, the idea of a two-state solution sometimes promoted by Palestinians and Hamas is a red herring. The Palestinians have stated that they will never give up their “right of return”. Under the right of return, any Palestinian with a claim that their ancestors once lived in Israel will have the right to return to that country. This guarantees the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state, if not by force, then by demographics. Obama, Kerry and their Progressive allies are well aware of the issues involved with the right of return, but ignore them as it would disrupt their narrative.
Some light on the true motivations of Hamas was recently shed by Mosab Hassan Yousef, a son of one of Hamas’ founders, during a recent CNN interview with Don Lemon included the video below. Yousef, who was being groomed for Hamas leadership when growing up, defected from Hamas and has since been disowned by his father. His comments below, while chilling, are at least comforting in their candor.
- “Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, does not care about the lives of Israelis, or Americans; they don’t care about their own lives. They consider dying for sake of their ideology a way of worship.”
- “Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise; Hamas is seeking conquest. The destruction of the state of Israel is not the Hamas’ final destination.”
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 20, 2012
The current fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is a tragedy for the civilians caught in the crossfire on both sides. In Gaza civilians are purposely intermingled by Hamas with their rockets being fired into Israel and thus are caught on the receiving end of Israeli retaliation. The civilians affected in Israeli are located in the cities and towns targeted by Hamas.
According to reports coming from the Middle East, there been approximately 112 fatalities in Gaza and 5 in Israel. Given the hundreds of rockets Hamas has indiscriminately fired into Israel, this is a testament to their poor aim. Conversely, hundreds of retaliatory strikes Israeli causing only 112 total fatalities in Gaza is a testament to their marksmanship and care taken to avoid civilian casualties.
Today, TheBlaze.com reported on Hamas brutality in Gaza that is shocking even for terrorists. According to the report, the Hamas military wing has claimed responsibility for publicly executing six Palestinians for supposedly collaborating with Israel. After the execution, a mob stomped and spit on five of the bodies with the sixth being dragged through the streets tied to a motorcycle. It is impossible to know whether the six murdered Palestinians were actually collaborators, or merely political dissidents. Clearly they received no due process from their supposed government. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand what these terrorists would do to Israelis, given the opportunity. The rather gruesome photographs below are included in CNN’s Anderson Cooper tweet and The Daily Mail.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 5, 2010
Last week four Israeli civilians were ambushed and murdered in the Hebron Hills by Palestinian terrorists. The dead included a husband and his pregnant wife, a newly married college student and a nursery school teacher, the mother of an 8-year old. Hamas, the terrorist organization that runs Gaza, immediately claimed responsibility.
While there were tepid objections raised to this act, compare this response to world’s reaction when the Israeli’s killed 9 Turkish activists on the ship earlier this summer. Then, the United Nations called for an investigation and many countries condemned Israel. Where are the calls from the UN to investigate Hamas? The answer is clear. The United Nations is a corrupt organization with no moral standing.
As heinous as the Hamas murders are, the reaction by Palestinians in the street should be of greater concern to the West. Pictured below are children in Gaza celebrating the murders of the four Israeli Jews. In how many countries would the death of innocents be rejoiced like this? Can there be peace when one side indoctrinates its society with such hate. Answer to questions like these is the real issue for the free world to consider.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 4, 2010
The Associate Press reported that two-dozen masked men attacked a United Nations’ camp for children in Gaza. During the attack UN guards were tied up and camp gear was destroyed.
The perpetrators of this violence are obvious. Hamas has accused the UN of corrupting Gaza’s youth. In addition, it has become more assertive in imposing strict Islam Gaza.
The UN offers camps in Gaza with the emphasis on allowing children to play and just be children. Hamas, on the other hand, offers competing camps where they teach anti-Israeli doctrine and military-style marching, the same tactics the Nazis used to indoctrinate Germany’s youth in the 1930’s.
Haven’t heard of this attack on the United Nations’ camp? Not surprising. The Progressives of the world continually turn a blind-eye to the violence of radical Islam. This non-response by the Progressives, including the United Nations, is one reason for the growth of this virulent form of Islam. Just imagine the outcry had the Israelis raided the camp!
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