Upon reading the Hamas Charter and let’s agree that most disturbing paragraphs are those calling to holy war on any non-Muslim jurisdiction that exists over an area they consider was formerly Muslim land, for that matter – Israel and in the greater picture the Ottoman Empire which once spanned over much of Europe.
let’s look at it in the micro. Even if we reach an agreement for 2-state separation with the Palestinians, it is clear that under the Convention that Hamas will not accept nor respect non Muslim authority it will continue his work of “jihad” to marginalize further and further any regime of a non-Muslim state under the waqf law. Hamas, as a very strong social body in addition to being a religious order – is not going to disappear unless the Palestinian society find or found a substitute for it’s social properties. The chances of that happening given that massive are funds given by countries advocating the same ideas, are as rich as they come, in addition to the fact that the alternative that exists today (PLO) is corrupt to the core, is slim to none.
The conclusion I come to is that unfortunately, it is quite possible that Mr. Lieberman is right. Peace will not be here so soon, not in the coming years anyway. Does it matter if the organization is truly representing the population or not? I think the answer is not relevant. At the end, after 62 years I still fight for our existence here. We will continue to fight as long as significant entities are financed by countries who as their main agenda, have flagged the idea of destroying a non-Muslim rule on a formerly Islam controlled land. Let’s not get confused, the Palestinian problem, then, is not only a refugee problem but primarily a religious issue.
Since this is of a religious Islamic nature, Judaism or Israel cannot take a side or act on it. it is an inner Islamic and Palestinian problem. I’m not saying there is no refugee problem. I’m not even saying it’s a problem Israel has no part of. But let’s remember a few things: Most Palestinian refugees chose to abandon their homes in 48′, mainly because they thought that five Arab armies will, sweep the Zionist enemy from their lands and they could return happy and good-hearted. However! It did not happen. Armies arrived, and failed miserably. You would expect that these refugees as happened to many times in the past will be absorbed in countries where culture and heritage is close and even identical dare I say – countries such as Jordan (who actually absorbed tens of thousands of Palestinians, but not before committed a number of massacres), Syria, Lebanon. By the way, these people in Jordan are still considered “refugees.” Strange, do not you think?
Let’s remember that the Palestinians are the only refugee status that is hereditary out over generations. We also note also that, according to the UN Convention there are two types of refugees. For a “standard refugee” there is an expectation and obligation of surrounding countries to absorb and revoke their refugee status. It’s happening in Europe nowadays. On the other hand there is the “Palestinian refugee” status that is inherited and unlimited through the ages. We note also that the treatment of the Palestinian refugee problem alone surprisingly gave rise to a special UN body, unlike the Sudanese refugees, the Kurds and in fact any refugees of other nationality. The body is of course UNRWA.
I must ask myself, why this double standard? Is this about the extensive funding the UN and UNRWA receive from Muslim countries and bodies? Is it about that old Jew hatred and the resulting constant Zionism lashing that has become so popular today? It is hate so deeply rooted? Allah knows.
I do not wash Zionism’s hands from responsibility, when we think back as to what has happened after ’67, but I also remember that the problem could be resolved long before that if the refugees were absorbed in other countries as they should have. Why it did not happen? Returning again to the religious Islamic hegemony notion regarding the occupied territories. Muslim countries will not accept a world that was, in their view, conquered from Muslims. Previously, they had no choice. Stronger states had bordered them and they had no tools to cope. Islamic leaders sat down to think and came up with a solution – let us trick them. We will use their precious morals against them… The result we see today.
considering the higher birth rates muslims tend to have – No wonder they are so nervous about their way of life. Bodies are also constructed and defined “international” entirely from oil money generated by Islamic finance interest groups.
A 13-story mosque will be erected, like a giant middle finger directly across from Ground Zero, where radical Islam has killed over 3,000 people. This is allowed on behalf of the western arguments and morals which include “freedom of speech” and “freedom of religion practice”. This freedom, by the way, is not shared by 95% of Islamic countries. Hypocrisy? Let the reader decide. If we try to compare this to history, we find that this act – the establishment of a mosque in an area after having destroyed the previous symbol … is not exactly new. Al Aqsa Mosque and the Rock Dome. They were not erected on Judaism’s most sacred place after the destruction of the Second Temple by chance. This directive resulted from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
What I’m trying to say is is that source of conflict is not the displacement or the Nak’kba. This conflict is religious. This conflict is about Islamic hegemony in the area. The refugee problem should have been long gone and absorbed in neighboring Arab countries that played a major part in creating it. the refugee status denied because there was no need of it. Ultimately, the problem is complex and should include a regional solution, not a solution handed by Israel. Arab countries have always repudiated their responsibilities and blamed the “Zionist” devil.
Back to Hamas. Hamas’s Islamic portion still represents the spirit of Islam. it will not go simply go away after Palestinians are given a country. it will always fight Israel. We will always be forced to defend ourselves. It is the responsibility of the Palestinians to restrain and control violent-extremist factions within them, just as it is our responsibility to restrain settlements, Baruch Marzel and his alike. We are pretty “successful” in this whilst They never really tried, at least not until recently … and it’s not really working out for them. And so, we have to be vigilant and present in force.
Does any Israeli government have the right to come and say “Well, you tried”, tap on their shoulder and give up all the cards in her hands thus risking its citizens in exposure to jihad? Perhaps! – on behalf of Jewish ethics, advanced morals, Western ones – if you’d like. Keep in mind though, no other responsible country or organziation western or not, will dare doing so.
Will it be wise then, knowing that hope the situation will change following a concession agreement is barren of all content (see a unilateral separation from Gaza). Absolutely not!
We must first get guarantees for our own safety, ones which include all the major factions like Hamas who was, may I remind you, Palestinian society *elected* choice in a democratic process. Tell me there was no appropriate alternative (PLO) and I’ll tell you it does not matter NOW. Hamas TODAY is the face of the Gaza after being elected and following the violent coop in 2007.
I remember that as a soldier in the occupied territories in the west bank, I talked to Palestinians about politics quite often and was shocked to realize that despite all the suffering Hamas’s Policy and views had caused them, they would still choose it. Realize that Palestinians will forever be damned to suffer under the heel of radical Islam, and Israel as a result, unless they help themselves. Also Realize and understand that radical Islam will always win power struggles when those do occur. It comes down to the fact they have “no God” when it come to power and control as happened in 2007.
In conclusion, while it might seem like I do, I do not rule out a Palestinian identity. The Palestinians are an Arab nation. What unites them is their refugee identity. This union was created artificially by Arab states actions, the United Nations and Israel – but it exists today nonetheless. This is the only manner they differ from the Syrians, Egyptians, Iraqis and other neighboring Arab countries. Is it enough to grant them autonomy where none existed before?
Personally, I think so – if only to make amends and give a slight chance towards a better future.