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Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:27 AM

When Enemies Make a Common World: Hamas, Netanyahu and the Israel-Gaza War

The worst enemies can make the best allies. In 1993 Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn after having signed the Oslo Accords. It is the political enemies of Rabin and Arafat who are now making their common hateful history. The two rejectionist forces -- Palestinian Hamas and the Israeli Likud -- have ordered their worlds so that each provides the ballast for the violence of the other as confirmation of its world view. They together are playing out the murderous dynamics that will only confirm their apparent strength and the truth of the way they see the world.

On the Palestinian side, Hamas, which democratically won control of Gaza in 2006 after Israel withdrew its soldiers and its settlers, has steadfastly refused to cease its violent attacks against Israeli civilians. It has also refused to participate in peace negotiations that would cede the rights of the Palestinians to the lands made sacred by their conquest in the 7th century by the Prophet's armies -- containing Jerusalem, the site from which the Prophet made his "night journey" to Paradise. Instead of developing a burgeoning economy, backed by promises of capital investment from around the world, it turned to the importation of weaponry - through myriad underground tunnels into Egypt -- by which to strike at Israel and the continuous launching of rockets against Israeli civilians. Thousands of rocket attacks of ever-increasing range have been conducted, overwhelmingly by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Hamas elected Netanyahu. Netanyahu first secured the prime ministership in 1996, defeating pro-peace Shimon Peres after Rabin's assassination, because of a murderous wave of Palestinian suicide bombings -- again overwhelmingly conducted by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in which hundreds of Israelis were murdered. The Gazan rocket attacks will have the same effect. Having pushed out al-Fatah from its territories, the Hamas regime waited, sure that the Palestinian Authority would never get real statehood. By its violent rejection, it demonstrated its commitment to Palestinian claims and convinced Israelis that Palestinian statehood would always contain not just the risk, but the reality, of a security threat. To grant statehood to such people would be suicide. By provoking Israeli attacks in which large numbers of Palestinian civilians die, Hamas confirms the barbarity of the enemy with whom it is impossible to ever make peace.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-friedland/israel-palestine-gaza_b_2148766.html

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