Nothing should shock me anymore about the depth of humanity's oldest hatred -- nevertheless I am in shock. The next Holocaust is being prepared -- as the world looks on. And does nothing.
On Wednesday, in Cairo, Fatah -- the terrorist group founded by Yasser Arafat that now styles itself as "moderate" and runs the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank -- signed a reconciliation agreement with Hamas, the terrorist group that runs the Gaza Strip. The signing was accompanied -- as these things always are -- by enough pomp and ceremony to disguise, for most onlookers, the monstrous evil taking place. It was attended by representatives not only of the Arab League, but of the E.U. and the U.N. That means us. Scandalously, the U.S. is not only a member of the U.N., but its chief financial contributor. So when "representatives of the U.N." show up to cheer the consolidation of Palestinian power against Israel, they are doing that in our name.
From Big Peace:
The reconciliation agreement is an important step on the way to getting the United Nations General Assembly to unilaterally create a Palestinian state in September by international mandate. A reconciliation is an important prerequisite.
Abbas said that they had forever turned “the black page of divisions.” Meshall spelled out Hamas’s goal:
“Our aim is to establish a free and completely sovereign Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, whose capital is Jerusalem, without any settlers and without giving up a single inch of land and without giving up on the right of return [of Palestinian refugees].”
In fact, several years ago, the Middle East Quartet (United Nations, Russian Federation, United States, European Union) set three conditions for Hamas: recognize the state of Israel; renounce violence; and honor past Israeli-Palestinian agreements. Hamas has said that it will not agree to any of these conditions.
Well, of course it won't. That would go against their whole reason for being. Hamas has been committed, from its origins, to the utter elimination of the Jews of Israel. Their very charter, Hamas's founding document, is a declaration of war -- against Israel, and against all of non-Muslim humanity. Here is the second paragraph of the Hamas charter in its entirety:
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it" (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
And do not suppose that Hamas intends to fold up shop once they've obliterated Israel. The charter is a manifesto of global Islamic conquest. Here's a sample, from Article 7, which appears under the heading "The Universality of the Islamic Resistance Movement":
As a result of the fact that those Muslims who adhere to the ways of the Islamic Resistance Movement spread all over the world, rally support for it and its stands, strive towards enhancing its struggle, the Movement is a universal one.
And what would life be like in Hamas' utopia? Poor, nasty, brutish and short. That's the only kind of life unmitigated hatred can yield.
I will never forget the heartbreaking scenes in 2005 as Israeli soldiers evicted their own fellow Jews from their homes in Gaza, so that Israel could give the whole Gaza Strip to the Palestinians -- in hopes of peace. And I'll never forget how sick I felt as that gift was trashed by its recipients.
The Jewish settlers in Gaza had built some of the most state-of-the-art agricultural facilities in the world, exporting flowers, fruit and vegetables to Europe and elsewhere, and employing thousands of Palestinians, Israelis, and others. Wealthy Jewish philanthropists in the U.S. (as well as a couple of prominent non-Jewish ones such as Bill Gates) bought the Gush Katif hothouses for $14 million and donated them to the Palestinian Authority. The hothouses had taken years to build, but as PA police looked on, Palestinian mobs ransacked them within hours of the Israeli exit. They stripped them of their glass, wiring, computer and electronic equipment and irrigation pipes and timers, destroying a vital source of employment for Gaza Palestinians in the process.
In some cases, the mobs even burned them down. After all, Jewish minds had conceived and designed the greenhouses, Jewish hands had built them, Jewish families had earned their livings in them. We sure don't want anything that's been contaminated by those filthy Jews!
It would seem that the most well-honed skill in Gaza now is the art of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face. The mentality of the suicide bomber.
There is only one way out of this pit. The late, great Israeli prime minister Golda Meir saw what it was. She said:
"Peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us."
Cross-posted at The Heartlander