Guardian

How many governments on your national border openly seek your country’s annihilation?


If your answer is “None”, then:

  • You’re not a citizen of Israel
  • You’re more likely to view the Israel section of the Guardian as serious reading

Muhammad Deif, the commander of Hamas’ military wing, said, on Christmas Day, that the Palestinians will not give up their struggle until Israel ceases to exist.

Meanwhile, a collective yawn was heard emanating from the offices of the Guardian.

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  1. What a pitty you deliberately left out the less inflatmatory quote. I guess that wouldn’t have made as good a headline.

    On Friday, another Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, said the group does not want an escalation in fighting with Israel despite a rise in violence in recent weeks. Zahar said Hamas is “committed to the calm” that has largely held since Operation Cast Lead in the coastal strip nearly two years ago.

    While were indugling in hyperbole, why not include delightful qutoes from Arnon Soffer such as:

    The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill.

    Or this gen:

    Our government has woken up. The only ones making noise are leftists and so-called human rights lawyers who only care about the well-being of cats, dogs and Palestinians, but never about Jews.

  2. Shingo, surely you know that Hamas’ occasional strategic truces (or lulls in violence) are only meant to enable them to continue rearming for the next battle, don’t you?

    Further, are you really denying that Hamas openly desires the destruction of Israel?

    Last, are you implying that there something approaching a moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas?

  3. Shingo

    Zahar said Hamas is “committed to the calm” that has largely held since Operation Cast Lead in the coastal strip nearly two years ago.

    And why do you think that – for the moment – they are “committed to calm”? Could it be that Cast Lead did its job well and “calm” is all that Hamastard can currently manage?

  4. Adam Levick writes:

    “Shingo, surely you know that Hamas’ occasional strategic truces (or lulls in violence) are only meant to enable them to continue rearming for the next battle, don’t you? ”

    Mahmoud Zahar in May 2008

    “Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said Wednesday that a Palestinian state will be established on all of the land of Palestine and not only on parts of it, and that it will include “Jaffa, Lod and Haifa.” Zahar also reiterated Hamas’ unwillingness to recognize the State of Israel and said that the group “will continue to persecute the Zionists wherever they are, after we prove that the Zionist army can be defeated – contrary to what was believed in the past, that it is impossible to beat the Zionists.”

    Mahmoud Zahar in April 2006

    “I dream of hanging a huge map of the world on the wall at my Gaza home which does not show Israel on it.”

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Peace/tracking1.html

  5. forever looking for new words to learn, in this thread my price goes to

    inflaTmatory

    it seems to prove that there is something to the concept of the Freudian slip after all.