Tuesday, December 30, 2014

  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014
  • Elder of Ziyon
Did you hear the news? Hamas is turning moderate!

Hamas is reviewing its strategy with the changing times. It is conducting an internal debate, with proposals which have had to be officially refuted.

One such proposal was for direct negotiations with the Israelis, currently forbidden by the movement’s constitution. A statement was issued saying direct negotiations with Israel is not the movement’s policy and is not on the table for discussion. The call, however, had come from none other than Mousa Abu Marzouk, the deputy political chief of Hamas. “We have negotiated with Israel using weapons; so it is possible to negotiate with words,” he stressed.

There is a need, say some senior figures, to break entirely from old precepts in foreign relations. Sheikh Ahmad Yousef, one of the movement’s ideologues, told me that direct talks should not only be held with Israel but the West as well. “We have to acknowledge that there is a negative image of us among some in Europe and America. We can carry on and let that continue, or we can talk to these countries, put forward our case, exchange ideas: that seems to us to be the practical way forward.”

Hamas needs to rethink its whole strategy, held Sheikh Ahmad, looking at what has been learnt from successive rounds of conflicts and negotiations and also be prepared to make changes to its 27-year-old manifesto, especially the parts in it which can be viewed as anti-Semitic. At the same time everything possible must be done to distance the movement from al-Qaeda and Isis, “making it very clear that the Islam we believe in is very different from theirs”.
Wow, this sounds familiar...oh yes. It happens every year or so. Hamas says something that sounds potentially not genocidal, and reporters eat it up, reporting how peaceful Hamas is. The Guardian had this meme as early as 2006. In 2011 the NYT said, without proof, that Hamas accepts Israel as a state. NPR talks about a mythical 100 year hudna that Hamas is supposedly willing to adhere to.

But none of these media outlets and pundits bother to consider that Hamas, explicitly and publicly, forcefully rejects  any idea of accepting Israel every single day. They ignore Hamas' words in favor of believing and reporting  the lies.

Here are all Hamas leaders on the podium of their anniversary rally just this month:

Khalil Al-Hayya: Our basic principles are: Palestine, all of Palestine, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, is pure Arab Islamic land, which we will share with no one.

Hamas member: Allah Akbar! All praise to Allah!

Khalil Al-Hayya: Our principles say that the land of Palestine belongs to its residents – the Palestinians, the progeny of the Prophet's companions, his disciples, and the early Muslims. There is no solution for these Palestinians, who were dispersed hither and thither, and there is no possible solution for them other than return of them all to the land of Palestine. This is an axiom.

We shall never agree to compromise on this, nor shall we accept any agreement with the enemy with regard to it. We shall not accept any agreement with the Zionist entity with regard to the return of the refugees. It is our right for all of us to return, and the Zionists will compensate us after we drive them out in humiliation, for all the years that we have suffered in the wilderness of oppression and injustice.

Our principle is that Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque belong to us, and there is no room for the Zionists there. There is no room for the occupation of even a single inch of it. Jerusalem is the untied capital of the Arab Islamic Palestine. Jerusalem is the focal point of the Islamic-Zionist conflict. This is an unchangeable principle, and as we have been taught by the annals of history and its lessons, the occupation will come to an end only by means of the gun and of resistance.
When Hamas leaders say this to crowds of thousands of people, they are just posturing. When they speak to Western reporters parroting what the reporters want to hear and to misinterpret - that's the reality, if you believe the Independent and NPR and the New York Times. No matter how many terror attacks and rockets have been launched since the previous "peaceful Hamas" reports.

That is the fantasy that the media has been pushing on its readers for a decade now. And they will never admit that they have been wrong.

The PLO spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on public relations, Hamas doesn't need to, because the worlds major media outlets are happy to burnish Hamas' reputation for free.

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