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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Abbas speaks for Hamas

Hamas was saying on their site. I am not going to link back to Hamas and unless you have a good reason to go visit, it is a waste of time (unless of course you blame "Zionists" for all the world trouble, then enjoy getting some more propaganda!).

Hamas has historically been one of the most vicious Palestinian terrorist groups in Israel. Not only does Hamas see violence (against civilians) as a legitimate political endeavour but they see it as the ONLY means! (I'll deal with their charter in another post). I found this quote on their home page as one of their "news" stories.

Hamas: We won't drop weapons as long our country is occupied

Occupied Jerusalem - The Palestinian Islamic resistance group, Hamas, has rejected remarks by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over the need to disarm Hamas after the upcoming legislative elections this summer.

Abbas said during a press conference in Ramallah Monday that Hamas would have to hand over its weapons to the PA government after the 17-July elections.

Now two things here worry me very much:
  • The difference in what Mahmoud Abbas says Hamas has agreed to and what Hamas says they have
  • That Hamas will not put weapons down until they have freed the entire land of Palestine

    If we understand that Hamas is an organisation that sees its political and military operations as one, and do not support negotiations or peace talks, then we have one helluva scary picture on our hands. If one considers that there is fragmentation in Palestinian society with Abbas struggling to unite all Palestinian factions into one voice and that organisations only survive on public support then again one helluva scary picture!

  • 2 Comments:

    • Everyone likes to talk about the road map - the most fundamental requirement of the road map is the dismantling of terrorist organisations like Hamas not inviting them into the government. This just proves once again that the Palestinian leadership is still not serious about peace.

      By Blogger Joel K, at 12:50 AM  

    • Good point. We must bear in mind that there is a lot going in Palestinian society that makes a fast true change SLIGHTLY difficult (not taking away from the responsibitlity of the PA et al to do it). I agree wholeheartedly with the immediate need for terrorist groups like Hamas dismantling.

      By Blogger Marc K, at 2:23 PM  

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