Thursday, January 11, 2007
Posted by Daniel Greenfield 10 Comments
No sooner do I check the news than I see the media trumpeting the latest Hamas "concession" on Israel. Brace yourselves. Get ready for it.
"Hamas acknowledges the existence of Israel but formal recognition by the group will only be considered when a Palestinian state has been created, the movement's leader Khaled Meshaal said on Wednesday."
Did you get that folks? The head of Hamas has acknowledged that Israel exists. Additionally he's acknowledged that the United States exists, that up is up and down is down and the desert is full of sand. What more could Israel possibly want?
The issue was never Hamas acknowledging that Israel exists. Hamas' decades long campaign against Israel rather suggests that Israel exists. Otherwise why attack it?
The issue was Hamas recognizing Israel as a state and ending attempts to destroy it. Acknowledging that there is such a place as Israel does not remotely do this. All this latest statement means is that Hamas has made yet another meaningless statement and promises to "consider" recognizing Israel when they have even more territory obtained from Israel. A promise that is empty because Hamas has never recognized Israel, that much is in its charter, and meanwhile it plays word games.
"Softening a previous refusal to accept the Jewish state's existence, Meshaal said Israel was a "reality."
So we're a "reality" now. Oh my. Who knew. Before we were unreal. Now we're a reality.
All Meshaal is saying is that Israel is a real problem, one he intends to get rid of. That's what Hamas has been dedicated to.
"The problem is not that there is an entity called Israel," said Meshaal. "The problem is that the Palestinian state is non-existent."
Of course since Hamas believes that a Palestinian state has to be built to replace Israel, what this is really saying is akin to saying, "The problem is not that there is an empty lot here, but that it hasn't yet been bulldozed to create a shopping mall.
In other words, yet more word games the media is all too happy to fall for.
"Changing the Hamas charter, which calls for the destruction of Israel, was also a matter for the future, he said.
"The distant future will have its own circumstances and positions could be determined then," he said in a wide-ranging interview."
Oh yes the far distant future where any sort of circumstances and positions could possibly be determined and considered... except when they aren't. How wide ranging.
"Meshaal said Hamas backed Arab demands that a Palestinian state should include Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem and that Israel should accept the right of Palestinian refugees to return to homes lost in a 1967 war and before."
Also known as the destruction of Israel.