Thursday, May 15, 2014

A reader wrote to me pointing to an NPR show in Chicago that regularly mentions that Hamas has offered a "100-year hudna" to Israel, effectively offering peace. This is how they dismiss any talk of Hamas having an uncompromising terrorist stance.

(He sent me a link to the most recent example, although I did not listen to it.)

I have looked high and low and cannot find any source for this supposed offer. There are only a couple of secondary sources, mostly comments on anti-Israel websites, none of which link to anything even remotely authoritative.

I once researched about supposed Hamas offers of a 10 or 20 year hudna if Israel would withdraw from every inch of territory across the Green Line before any cease fire.

But what is so funny about these NPR-style leftists clinging to any scrap of a rumor that Hamas wants peace is that they ignore, repeatedly, what Hamas says explicitly every single day.

And here's today's example:

The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas confirmed today that it will go in the path of resistance and loyalty to the blood of martyrs and sacrifices of prisoners of war and will not compromise on its rights and values and sacred principles.

The group said in a statement on the 66th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba that "We will use resistance in all its forms, especially armed resistance that has proved to be able to deter the occupation and break his arrogance, and we will not deviate from this approach until our rights are fully realized and our achievement of liberation and return."

Hamas rejected any compromise on any inch of the land of Palestine or a portion of our holy places, and said "Jerusalem will remain the capital of the liberated state of Palestine , God willing, and will Al-Aqsa Mosque will remain purely Islamic and undivided."
It takes great effort to misinterpret these words. Unfortunately, NPR and many others will bend themselves into pretzels to figure out a way to do exactly that.

The irony is that it is this very intransigence and love of terror that causes there to be a real nakba, today and for the past 66 years.

(h/t Eli)



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