Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder of the J Street Lobby told the Jerusalem Post Israel should be patient with the newfangled Palestinian Authority, jointly ruled by a new Fatah-Hamas unity government.
“Jumping out to say either this is a terrible thing or good thing is in our opinion not the wisest move, and the real question is, what this new alignment really going to stand for and what is it going to do, and that we don’t know…”
In other words, perhaps Hamas, who commenced last week, as Jonathan S. Tobin wrote in Commentary Magazine, by mourning the death of Osama bin Laden, will now reform their violent jihadist reputation. Let’s wait and see.
This does not paint Ben-Ami as a total idiot. Thomas L. Friedman accused Israel of being ingrates to their American big brother when calling off the east Jerusalem and West Bank building moratorium, instead of giving the PA, just two more months. Let’s wait and see what happens.
While Abbas was meeting with Netanyahu, Mubarak, Clinton, Obama and others last summer, Hamas commissioned 13 Palestinian militant groups to sabotage the peace talks.
On August 31, 2010, 4 Israeli settlers, including one pregnant woman, were shot dead by Hamas militants while driving on Route 60 near the settlement Kiryat Arba.
Back up. After Hamas won elections in 2006 after the Gaza Strip was ceded out by Israel, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas’ co-founder did not rule out the possibility of acquiescing a “temporary two-state solution,” however, that same sentence was followed by the declaration of his dream of, “hanging a huge map of the world on the wall at my Gaza home which does not show Israel on it.” In the same year, Ishmael Haniyeh, Hamas’ chairman said Hamas was willing to declare a truce which could last up to 20 years, however, “Hamas will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem.”
Article 7 of the Hamas charter gives the following citation attributed to Mohammed:
“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. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.”
Article 22 declares the French revolution, the Russian revolution, colonialism and both world wars were created by the Zionists:
“You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.”
Article 32 of the charter says:
“Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another. The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on. Their plan is embodied in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion…”
Ben-Ami forgot to consider that Hamas is still considered by the American government, aside from being some kind of cohort of Jimmy Carter, a terrorist organization. They are blacklisted as a terrorist organization by, the UK, Jordan, Japan, Australia, Canada and the European Union.
There has been no mention by J Street of the almost constant rain of rockets in 2011. Throughout 2010, over 235 Grad missiles, Qassam rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli civilian targets.
To trust anything Ishmayil Haniyeh or anyone affiliated with Hamas says would be like trusting Syrian President, Bashir al-Assad, when he says missions to stop uprisings and emergency laws have been called off.
Let’s wait and see.