Saturday, January 28, 2006

A brief note on Hamas

The victory of Hamas in the Palestinian territories is good for Israel and bad for the Palestinians.

As far as Israel is concerned Hamas will certainly not create settlements in Tel Aviv, order its air force to bomb Haifa, nor build a wall in Israeli territory and tear families apart.

Having won the elections, Hamas fell into a trap. From now on Hamas is responsible towards Israel and the international community. And any wrong move could surely result in the isolation and annihilation of the Palestinian Authority.

Israel and the US, although publicly weary, got Hamas were they want it. Azmi Bechara, the Israeli-Arab legislator, wrote in As Safir that without the very strong objections of Israel and the US on the Hamas candidates, the fundamentalist party would never have gotten this large a majority.

The only fear is for the moderates in Palestine. Although Hamas does not have a sufficient majority to change the constitution to turn Palestine into an Islamic Republic, it could impose its values on everything from education to public appearance.

The territories could be brought back to the middle ages and nothing could bring the Palestinians out of their misery. And unlike Saudi Arabia where oil compensates for the ignorance and worthless education of the majority of its people, Palestine only relies on the wits of its citizens.

Hamas is no enlightened Islamic party, Hamas is not even Iran where Shiisme encourages thought and discussion, no Hamas is the Taliban.


Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

Ironically, Hamas types and other Saudi-style Arab fundamentalists are preaching for a born-again Hebrew worldview: in many ways, today’s Islamic fundamentalists are much more “Jewish” or Bible-based than your average secular Israeli citizen.

If it existed today the Grand Sanhedrim would probably side with the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution: same beards, same turbans, same misogynic mania, same neurotic obsession with “God’s Law” and other Pentateuch-based fanatical follies…

It’s no coincidence Sicari-in-Chief Simon Bin Giora was born in Jordan, just like Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi!

Dr Victor de la Vega
Thomas More Center for Middle-East Studies

28 January, 2006 21:47  

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