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Hamas gov't - better than the alternative
Posted by Avi Perry
I realize that many in Israel, as well as Dr. Rice, the American secretary of state, want to see the Palestinian president, Abbas, dissolving the Palestinian government and replacing it with a more rational, moderate, less militant one. On the surface, it looks like this action would advance the peace prospects for the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Unfortunately, it would accomplish the exact opposite.
It is a fact that just about 70% of the Palestinian people do not want to recognize Israel's right to exist and want to see Israel wiped off the map. The 70% number may be an underestimate, as it does not include the Israeli Arabs or the Palestinians who live in Jordan and in Lebanon. It does include the Al Aksa Martyr's Brigades, a Fatah militia, taking cover under the same umbrella that masquerades the nature of the political wing of the Palestinian president.
Disbanding the Hamas government and replacing it with peace seeking rational people will not make Hamas disappear. It will not make the Al Aksa Brigades disappear. It will, however, pull world sympathy and contribute to an attitude change by the international community toward the Palestinian cause. It will help alleviate the economic pressure imposed on the Palestinian population, will provide them with political support, and will bring American pressure on Israel demanding concessions in the name of peace. No longer will Israel be able to claim that there is no partner for a prolific dialogue. No longer will Israel be able to claim 'self defense' for every military operation against a "peace loving" neighbor. All this while Hamas and the other militias will keep trying to elevate the terror score just to make evident their relevancy, notwithstanding their status outside the government.
Can you imagine a Palestinian government, which does not represent the will and the yearnings of its population and does not control its murderous militias, signing a peace treaty with Israel? Can you imagine a continuous or even a stepped up terror activity emanating out of the neighboring Palestinian state whose government is claiming: "It's not me. It's them." Can you imagine the international outcry including the ones coming from the US after Israel attacks terrorists and their bases inside a sovereign state, with which she has just signed a peace agreement? Is not it far better having an enemy who declares his true intentions versus a 'friend' who seeks to destroy you while playing nice in front of the world and getting everyone's sympathy?
Let's make sure that Israel does not fall into this trap and does not encourage Abbas to form a government, which does not represent the people it rules. Let's make sure that the US understands that a government, lacking control over its militias, is a virtual rather than a valid entity whose word and whose signature are meaningless. Let's make sure that the Palestinian agenda is loud and official, well understood by the international community, and continues to provoke resentment by every decent human being. Let's make sure that Hamas stays in power inside Gaza and the West bank so that a genuine Palestinian fa ade does not disguise its heart.
Let's face it. Israel will never have a bona fide peace with those who believe that the holy land is holy merely because it is an occupied Islamic land. Let's make peace with the idea that Israel will never have peace with those who dream of returning to homes that no longer exist. Let's make peace with the idea that a Hamas government in the Palestinian territories is a preferred status to a Fatah government, whose Al Aksa Martyr's Brigades militia does not abide by the words of its political leaders, and whose Hamas opposition is attacking on all fronts. Let's make peace with the idea that logical reasoning would never penetrate the brain of those who washed it with a detergent made by the religious extremists.
Let's make sure that we do not let impossible dreams of peace make us ignore the harsh realities of the neighborhood we live in. And while an unelected moderate Palestinian government may epitomize the dream, a Hamas government is the best reminder that dreams tend to vanish at the instant you wake up.
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