LOS ANGELES, July 28, 2014 — As Israel’s incursion into Gaza becomes broader in scope, attempts at halting the violence have failed. The United Nations and Secretary of State John Kerry have failed because they are the United Nations and Secretary of State John Kerry. Neither entity has any leverage or global respect, and both the Israelis and Palestinians know it. This disregard exists because neither the United States or Secretary Kerry have a clear understanding of the conflict.
The shallow problem is that Hamas, the governing body of the Palestinians in Gaza, refuses to honor ceasefire agreements. They even violate their own ceasefire proposals. As one high-ranking Israeli leader pointed out, the definition of a ceasefire is “Israel ceases, Hamas fires.”
Hamas has squandered its typical public relations advantage. Outside of the worst anti-Semites, most people understand that Hamas is a terrorist organization that uses its own civilians as human shields. This has led Palestinian sympathizers to resort to one last desperate public relations tactic.
The claim is that Hamas must be separated from the overall Palestinian people. Like every other Palestinian claim in this conflict from “cycle of violence” to “refugees” to the “illegal occupation,” this narrative of separation is totally false.
Hamas is indistinguishable from the Palestinian people as a whole. They are one and the same.
The overall Palestinian population is every bit as bloodthirsty as Hamas. They are every bit as dedicated to violence.
The charge is serious, but it is based on overwhelming evidence.
Hamas was democratically elected with 80% of the vote of the Palestinian people. They chose to elect a murderous, terrorist government.
Those who make a living making excuses for the Palestinian people offer up the tired canard that the Palestinian people voted for Hamas to build civil institutions and stop the corruption. They voted for Hamas despite its terrorist activities, not because of them.
Imagine if the Ku Klux Klan ran for political office and won 80% of the American vote. Would black Americans accept white voters insisting that they voted for the KKK for reasons other than racism? If the KKK built roads and schools, would that be a legitimate defense? Most black Americans would claim that an organization committed to burning black churches and lynching black people would not be redeemable. Black Americans would be totally right. Murdering innocent people invalidates any other good deeds.
When former KKK leader David Duke ran for Governor of Louisiana, he was soundly rejected. Is it possible that many of his supporters were just frustrated Americans rather than racists? The answer is not bloody likely. Supporting a racist for elected office makes somebody a racist.
Try telling Orthodox Jews that a Holocaust denier running for office is mitigated by his support for child tax credits for religious schools.
Hamas are murderers. The Palestinian people voted for murderers. They knew what they were getting. They agreed with the Palestinian party platform, which is the total destruction of Israel.
The evidence comes in the behavior of these so-called peaceful civilians. Their battle cry of “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” That is the entire area of Israel. Palestinians are not demanding their own plot of land next to Israel. Palestinians are demanding all of the land, with zero Israel.
If the Palestinians truly wanted to be free from Hamas, they would do what virtually every other Arab civilization is doing in the Middle East.
In Egypt, the people demanded freedom and overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak. They then overthrew the Muslim brotherhood when Mohammed Morsi broke his promise of bringing democracy.
In Libya, the people demanded freedom and overthrew Moammar Khadafi. Now they are fighting to beat back the Muslim Brotherhood.
In Syria, there is a vicious fight to overthrow butcher Bashar Assad.
In the Gaza Strip, there has been a population of zero Jews since 2005. Gaza is not occupied. The Palestinians have total control of it.
Blockades and checkpoints exist because the Palestinians will not stop trying to murder Israelis.
The Palestinian people elected a horrible government. While other Arabs chose to stand up, they chose to stand down. Unlike many other peoples throughout history, the Palestinians chose not to fight for their freedom against their oppressors. From the American Revolution to the French Revolution, peoples have engaged in bloody struggles to be free.
The Palestinians have accepted being citizens of a terrorist state. Either they lack the basic desire to be free that every other bunch of human beings possess, or they support the aspirational goals of the people ruling them.
If Palestinians had any decency, they would overthrow Hamas. They would risk their lives and take to the streets against their actual oppressors, not some neighboring people simply trying to be left alone in peace. They would not celebrate in the streets with rocket fire after America suffered the September 11th attacks. They would not celebrate in the streets with rocket fire after the Space Shuttle Challenger burst into flames (one of the seven NASA astronauts was Jewish).
This is where the worst of the Palestinian sympathizers will shed crocodile tears over the Palestinian ch-ch-ch-ch-children.
This is hypocritical because children are dying all over the world in much larger numbers, but only the Palestinians get special sympathy status. One could even say the sympathy reserved for these Palestinian children is “disproportionate.”
Children of KKK supporters do not receive much sympathy. Their parents are sometimes killed, and few tears are shed. People choose to support good or evil. A moral conscience must trump everything else.
Palestinian children dying is a tragedy because any children dying is a tragedy. The question to ask is why they are dying. The answer makes the anti-Israel elites uncomfortable, but it must be said.
Palestinian children are the victims of terrible parents. Only terrible parents would vote for such a terrible government.
Hamas is just the instrument spreading evil. The Palestinian people are the problem. If there was any evidence to distinguish their attitudes and actions, the Palestinian people would have already offered it. The Palestinian people and Hamas are one and the same, and deserve to be treated as such.