By Robert Tait’s reckoning, Palestinian unity with antisemitic extremists is a ‘boon for peace’

the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to realize the promise of Allah, no matter how long it takes. The Prophet, Allah’s prayer and peace be upon him, says: “The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him,’ except for the Gharqad tree, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Hamas Charter, Article 7)

Imagine for a moment if Binyamin Netanyahu dismantled his current government coalition and entered into a partnership between Likud and an Israeli political party whose platform cited religious texts and conspiracy theories to incite its member to murder Muslims – a movement so extreme that their leaders have called for genocide.

Of course, there is no such Israeli political party.  But, if there were, and such a coalition was formed, you can certainly bet that UK journalists wouldn’t be characterizing such an agreement as a ‘boon for peace’.

However, that’s exactly the term used by The Telegraph’s Jerusalem correspondent Robert Tait in characterizing the recent deal between Fatah and Hamas.  His April 25th report,’Kerry reminded no peace deal can be struck without addressing Gaza, reads more like an op-ed than a straight news story, especially in the highlighted passages within the following paragraphs:

Wednesday’s reconciliation pact between Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement and the Islamist Hamas group promised to end years of in-fighting by forming a new national unity government within five weeks. Fresh elections are planned within six months to give the Palestinian political landscape a new air of legitimacy.

By normal reckoning, such heartening news would be seen as a boon to any peace process with hopes of flourishing.

What could be more conducive to resolving the century old conflict between Jews and Arabs than a united front on both sides?

Instead, the development has prompted an almost apocalyptic response from Israel, with Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s prime minister, all but writing off the talks and ordering their suspension five days before their official expiry date on April 29.

By whose reckoning would Palestinian unity between Fatah and a designated terror group which engages in the most extreme antisemitism (and rejects Israel’s right to exist within any borders) be considered a positive step for peace?

As a US State Department spokesperson said during a press conference after the unity deal was reached:  

“But I think the Secretary [of State] and we all understand it’s hard to see how Israel can be expected to negotiate with a government that does not believe in its right to exist. And that is one of the principles that’s long been expected”.

Remarkably, Tait himself acknowledges Hamas’s rejection of Israel’s continued existence in a later passage in his report, but still blames Bibi for his “apocalyptic” response, a word, it seems, more suited to describing this speech by top Hamas leader (and group co-founder) Mahmoud Al Zahhar in 2012:

What part of Hamas’s clearly stated desire to annihilate the Jews doesn’t Robert Tait understand?


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  1. It occurs to me that Guardian journalists write these absurd notions because they know they are going to be highly controversial. It is their aim to continuously court controversy in preference to the production of reasoned and balanced argument. One therefore wonders to what extent we should rise to the bait. Hamas and company are certainly not figures of fun, but the many people like Tait at the Guardian who appear to support them are somewhat irrational. Maybe we should fight them only at that level rather than by attempting to raise the debate intellectually. By so doing one doesn’t even need to enter into the ‘Antisemitism’ factor.

  2. I actually think Mr Tait is right into thinking this move will bring peace closer, albeit not for the reasons he has in mind.
    The “reconciliation” of Hamas and Fatah remove the mask of moderation from the terrorist movement Fatah.
    It will worsen the conditions of the Arabs living in Judea-Samaria and Gaza, while improving the conditions of Israeli-Arabs.
    Eventually, no matter the amount of propaganda, truth will out and the Arab population will remember that, prior to the Oslo agreements and the following Intifada, their conditions were far better under Israeli administration and that it is their self-proclaimed leaders who have brought upon them an immense amount of misery, rather than the Israeli authorities.(the Christians living under the PA have finally started to realize this and are more and more identifying as Israeli rather than Palestinians)
    When this penny drops for the Muslims, peace will have a chance

    • You can make peace with your enemies if they are interested as well and you can’t when they openly declare their intentions to kill you anyway.
      But admittedly this a new idea – I never heard of it…

    • Not possible in this case. They are not a rational rival; They are motivated primarily by antisemitism, and are the kind of enemy that must be thoroughly defeated.

  3. The Palestinian academic institution – the partner of Brandeis University who rescinded the honorary degree of Ayaan Hirsi Ali – the fortress of reconciliation and understanding:
    Professor Mohammed Dajani expected criticism when he took Palestinian students to Poland last month to visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp. But he wasn’t prepared for the uproar that followed.
    In online posts and comments, Palestinian critics denounced the visit as treason. Acquaintances counseled him to keep a low profile, stay away from his university campus and consider taking a vacation abroad, he recalled.

    But obviously the Hamas/Fatah unity is a “boon for peace”

  4. Myriam is right and for the reasons she sights. Most Palestinians would like to live under one state where they are treated equally from the river to the sea. Has this brought that day any nearer? Yes – thanks for pointing it out Myriam

    • A small problem Janet: – the Palestinians definitely don’t want treat the Jews equally…But please don let be influenced by facts – they can be extremely frustrating.

  5. So says , Peter whose country of origin was the source of European pogroms against the Jews. Peter himself now supports an aparthed regime in Palestine where the Palestinians are treated differently. There are exclusive settlements in many of the areas under Israel’s occupation.

    • Janet you should seriously consider to stop smoking your stuff. Doing so you could make a small but significant contribution to the betterment of humankind. Confronting with your stupidity and malevolence without fogging your amoeba sized brain with this damaging drog you would have to kill yourself – an act with two obvious and instant advantages:
      1. A huge increase of the quality of the human gene pool
      2. The Palestinians would have much more chance to have their own state.

  6. Even my amoebic brain can deduce from that you are an exlcusivist supramists who is unwilling to share the land between the river and the sea with its inhabitants. So why the camaflauge that they do not want to treat the Jews equally. European racists would be proud of your last comment. They could not have better dehumanize anyone like that. Your Hungarian nature is showing despite living in a Western democracy in the East.

    • Hungarian nature Janet?
      The text-book example of a racist rant.
      But undoubtedly your allegation of my being a “supramist” is very entertaining.

    • “unwilling to share the land between the river and the sea with its inhabitants.”

      Janet gives us her definition of inhabitants, plus some popular river and the sea b.s. , going identity slumming to find authenticity in the synthetic. Janet, don’t play chess, and certainly not against Peter. It’s simply not your game.

    • What exactly is a supramist (sic)? Are you a member of one of the organisations who are codependent with Palestinians in their “victimhood” (almost invariably of their own making and cranked up by the over-enmeshment with them by said organisations) and who, rather than encouraging them to work towards non-belligerence and then peaceful coexistence with their neighbour, requires them to continue being as intransigent and hate-filled as they are for fear of losing your role as their “rescuer”?

      You see, I recognise the signs in the thought processes which underlie what you write. It’s there in the phraseology and the cognitive distortion.

      Please do yourself and the poor Palestinians a favour. Go find yourself another project, which preferably has nothing to do with human beings, so that the Palestinians have a ghost of a chance of moving on to a better future. With friends like you their future is doomed.

  7. I am glad you are entertained. Why dont you exercise your right of return to Hungary? Besides is the Israeli PM not enertaining you with his rant about the peace process and than breaks any agreement and than blames the other side? Do you think Abbas needs Neth’s permission before he spends time with his wife? Or you think Abbas is not serious? seriously

    • Janet I warmly support your activity here – the best support what the Zionist cause can get. Your repeated and successful attempts to prove that your kind of fake “pro-Palestinian” and “anti-Zionist” activist are not only pitiable losers seeking a convenient valve to vent their frustration caused by their social, marital, professional and sexual failures but they are total and complete morons too having zero ability to understand reality, how they look in the eyes of an objective outsider and the damage what they are causing to their alleged agenda.

    • Janet Freeman. “Even my amoebic brain can deduce from that you are an exlcusivist supramists who is unwilling to share the land between the river and the sea with its inhabitants”.

      Obviously not Janet, otherwise you would have identified the Hamas speech above as qualifying for your unreserved disapproval. I smell a nasty, bigoted, double-standard here Janet, and its time I asked you a question:

      Why do sanctimonious bigots like yourself conveniently ignore the murderous fascism and racism of groups like Hamas? Is it because your world-view runs parallel to the historical record expressed by the charming al-Zahar above; the Jews are criminals by nature and deserve everything they get?

      To find such views repulsive seems to be beyond your liberal, peace-loving, empathetic capacities. You are, in a word, an incorrigible hypocrite.

    • Please read my post above,Janet. Your attitude to Peter (who has also got your measure to a T) shows you to be thinking emotionally. You are showing yourself up.

  8. Peter are you not enjoying watching the Washington press briefings – you can almost feel the discomfort the White House Press office is having supporting their lose cannon in the Middle East? I know it is the only Western democracy in the East. But does that not beg the question that it is in the wrong place and should be unhooked and brought back to the West.

    • So just where would you like this ‘loose cannon’ to go when it is ‘unhooked and brought back to the west’? Were you thinking of France perhaps, or Germany, or maybe somewhere in Scandinavia? I tell you what – how about Uganda?
      Now that place came up many decades back. Yes, let all the Jews go to Uganda and then you can lecture them as to how they stole the country from the Africans, and so on and so on. It is because there are people just like you that Israel is where it is, what it is, and furthermore why it ain’t going no place. Maybe you should try to explain that to your Palestinian friends.

        • Yes Peter, indeed she might even suggest unoriginally Biro-Bidjzan. There is a serious point however. Had the Jewish homeland become either Uganda or Madagasgar, the moment Black majority rule came along all the usual antisemites would be suddenly supporting the indigenous population against those evil Jews who had stolen their ancestral lands. We would have it just like now – “I am not anti Jewish, I am just anti-Zionist (or AfroZionist perhaps). I am happy if Jews live anywhere so long as it is not on planet Earth.”

          Now that Israel is powerful in her own right anyone who starts anything will be dealt with effectively. As they treated us in the past, so shall they to be treated in the future. That could be almost straight out of Torah.

    • I know Janet that you and your Fatah/Hamas pets consider the Middle East Waqf land and a wrong place for democracy – you prefer Islamism, religious fascism, murderous dictatures, cleptocracies and theocracies. You and them know very well that these social orders make their societies so hugely successful as we can see in Gaza, the West Bank under Fatah control, Irak, Egypt, Iran, Syria and Lebanon. You and they desperately need Israel’s presence, who could be the scapegoat for your and their continued shit ridden and failed lives?
      BTW where did you learn your incoherently edited shit Janet? Stormfront? Aryan Nation? Did you find in your attic some antique yellowing brochure published by the Stuermer and translated to your language?
      An while we are at it… do you remember all of the monikers you used already on Cifwatch? Mr. Levick should publish a short article devoted to your jubilee of the first hundred…

  9. I do not know anybody except the Zionists who use any Holy scripture as property deeds. Besides, as far as I know God has denied ever been a property agent. Anyway contemplate what David Ben Gurion was contemplating at the end of his life.

    One day, or rather night, in 1956 I sat up at his [Ben-Gurion’s] house till three in the morning. That night, a beautiful summer night, we had a forthright discussion on the Arab problem. “I don’t understand your optimism,” Ben-Gurion declared. “Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations’ time, but for the moment there is no chance. So it’s simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipe us out. I’ll be seventy years old soon. Well, Nahum, if you asked me whether I shall die and be buried in a Jewish State I would tell you Yes; in ten years, fifteen years, I believe there will still be a Jewish State. But ask me whether my son Amos, who will be fifty at the end of this year, has a chance of dying and being buried in a Jewish State, and I would answer: fifty-fifty.” “But how can you sleep with that prospect in mind and be PM of Israel too?” I responded. “Who says I sleep?” was Ben-Gurion’s simple reply. That was Ben-Gurion all over: he had told me that so as to show me how well he knew in his heart that Israel could not exist without peace with the Arabs, but his stubborn, aggressive unbending character prevented him from following what his own intelligence told him. The best proof of that is that having lost his grip on power his intelligence reasserted itself; he even became a ‘Goldmannite’, declaring that all the occupied territories except Jerusalem should be restored. On this point I am in agreement with him: Israel must keep Jerusalem.

    • “ far as I know God has denied ever been a property agent.”

      You and God have regular conversations do you ‘Janet’ ?
      Are they before you take your medication, or are they only after you’ve been thrown into the ‘rubber room’ for everyone’s safety?

    • Janet: “I do not know anybody except the Zionists who use any Holy scripture as property deeds”

      Possibly that’s because you don’t know much about anything at all. You haven’t even read the Hamas charter which cites the Qur’an as a pretext for genocide against the Jews, otherwise you would know that too, right?

      You don’t even know that modern political Zionism is a secular movement (and Holy scripture has nothing to do with it), yet you quote Ben Gurion as if you were an expert on the subject.

      Just another parochial bigot, obsessed with Jewish iniquity, and shameless in your lack of knowledge.

      You don’t even

      • Indeed. Posts like those by “Janet” would be funny if they weren’t so utterly pathetic.
        The bullshit about Zionists citing God is bad enough, but the reference to Auschwitz is beyond degraded.

    • “…I do not know anybody except the Zionists who use any Holy scripture as property deeds..”

      Well, this is embarrassing, isn’t it Janet? The “holy” koran and the attendant ahadith (which presumably you have never read but which I have), commands Muslims never to give back land which they have conquered and thereby made into Muslim land. How did you not know that? Given the penchant in Islam to give most importance to the last ideas thought of, regardless of whatever went before, they believe that their allah has commanded them in their koran to believe that what is now Israel (and has always been Jewish since before the time of the Muslim prophet) is theirs. These “property deeds” are to be found in the koran and ahadith (do some research) and they make a nonsense of the statement I quoted above.

      You should be better prepared if you want to be taken as seriously here as you take yourself.

  10. Of course we do and He tells me those who say God gave me this land are lying as for those who have the keys to their houses – well they have the key that is a tangible proof of their ownership.

    Have you contemplated like Ben Gurion. Israel needs peace Palestinians have got time on their side as Ben Gurion fully realised in contemplation.

  11. David Ben Gurion did not think so – but than who is he compared to today’s expert on Zionists

    Ben-Gurion declared. “Why should the Arabs make peace? If I were an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it’s true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them?

    • Janet I have to tell you this is not an original idea. You have serious contenders in using falsified Ben-Gurion quotes. He (dubitante/Avram) took them from the same neo-Nazi/Islamist/anti-Semitic websites as you did.

  12. That is an obvious answer – Fritz if you understand what it means. Are you also having nightmares. Your Hungarian is wetting his bed with nightmares contmeplating .

    • Wetting my bed Janet? Not exactly, but who knows, one night I might have a nightmare dreaming about seeing your psychiatric evaluation.

  13. Are you threatening me with your terrorist friends? You are not the first Janet, all of your predecessors are not with us any more. Anyway good to know the real intentions of a peace loving humanist like you.

  14. Janet, and then the mask slips, and we get down to the crux of your obsession – the spiteful fantasy of teaching the yids a lesson. No wonder you are immune to the murderous ideology of Hamas.

  15. For all my disagreements with our resident Hungarian, he is certainly no bed-wetter.

    What else do you do in your spare time in addition to amateur psychiatry – rocket science?

  16. Robert Tait should read this article and to publish his suicide notes (only joking – these wise know-everythings has no shame).
    Hamas official denies group could recognize Israel
    Islamic movement, previously mum on reconciliation, says it may sue Washington Post for reporting it will soften its stance

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