Hating Hamas

At the Gloria Center website, Barry Rubin writes that If you love the Palestinians, you should hate Hamas. Excerpt:

if you want to march for a ceasefire, campaign for a Palestinian state, and criticize Israel, just remember this: don’t struggle to support those who will do more harm to the people you purport to care for–even if you blame Israel for it, the cause will be Hamas’s policies–than anything else.

If you want to help in real terms, let’s work together for a peaceful diplomatic resolution, a two-state solution, in which Palestinians have their own country, receive massive international aid, children can live in security, and there is real peace. For that goal, you will find the overwhelming majority of Israelis will agree with you. But remember, too, Hamas doesn’t.



  1. Hamas policies must be partially responsible for the present disaster, but Israel cannot wriggle out of its responsibilty so easily. Israel’s responses to terrorism have long been disproportionate and poorly aimed. Both parties must take responsibility for the conflict generally, but the escalation in scale could have been limited if the more powerful and better organised party had determined to restrain its response. One would have thought that Israelis would by now have learned that meeting indiscriminate and irrational force with a much greater force which while discriminating in intent will nonetheless always lead to the deaths of innocent civilians on a much greater scale. Even if Hamas falls into greater disfavour with Palestinians as a consequence of the devastation which it has brought upon the innocent, Israel’s actions will still be perpetuating the hatred of Israel, and hatred is just that volatile fuel that militant groups are parasitic upon.
    It’s all very well asking for a two state solution, and everyone working together, but the first step should come from the more powerful force. Make a concession, and an apology to the people of Palestine. Continue with a policy of restraint no matter what provocations from Hamas or other militant groups. It will take a long time and many people wil be hurt, but the more powerful party must take the moral lead, and the risks entailed, because it is in a better position to sustain them.
    Unfortunately we must remain sceptical of the Israeli population’s desire for peace. No doubt many Israelis would favour a ceasefire, and a general policy of restraint, but there are enough Israelis in favour of massive military responses to terrorism to ensure that again and again this kind of government will return to power.

  2. As Barry Rubin points out in the article I linked to, Israel is not fighting the Palestinian people – it is fighting Hamas. And as Rubin says, Hamas is a disaster not only for the countries of the Middle East, but for much of the rest of the world as well, for it’s merely one arm of a totalitarian movement which seeks to impose its cynical tyranny worldwide – much as the militaristic doctrines of Nazism/Fascism and Marxist-Leninist Communism attempted to do before it. For the moment, Israel is largely fighting the world’s battle for it, and has taken that responsibility upon its shoulders. But gradually the world will find that it has to fight that battle for itself, as it has already begun to do in Afghanistan and Iraq. Like the people of other democratic nations, Israelis would like to live in peace, and to be “sceptical” about their desire for this is to question their humanity. But in a situation like the one that prevails in the world today, peace is something that must be fought for.

    Israel’s foreign minister Tzipi Livni recently stated that “We are in midst of a struggle against terrorism, and it is not a one-time conflict… This is not a conflict that will end with an agreement. We embarked on this campaign with the intent of achieving military goals and in order to clarify that we will not put up with this situation any longer.” Those words can equally well be applied to the exigencies of the global conflict.

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