Negotiate in Mideast? With whom?

Trying to be helpful, White House Coordinator for the Middle East Philip Gordon called on Israel to negotiate with the Palestinians, something the Jewish state has tried to do without success in the past.

Gordon spoke at a July 8 “peace conference” in Tel Aviv sponsored by Ha’aretz,  a prominent, left-wing Israeli daily generally viewed as the voice of the opposition (to the current conservative government).

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Philip Gordon

It is irony that the conference on peace was interrupted by air raid sirens announcing incoming rockets fired from Gaza, which is under the control of Hamas, which Israel, the United States, the European Union and others categorize as a terrorist organization.

More than just terror, it is sworn to the destruction of the state of Israel. Here is the covenant, or charter, of Hamas:

I know it’s a lot to read (and a load), but in case you missed Article XXII, here it is:

Article Twenty-Two:

For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.

You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.

"So often as they shall kindle a fire for war, Allah shall extinguish it; and they shall set their minds to act corruptly in the earth, but Allah loveth not the corrupt doers." (The Table - verse 64).

The imperialistic forces in the Capitalist West and Communist East, support the enemy with all their might, in money and in men. These forces take turns in doing that. The day Islam appears, the forces of infidelity would unite to challenge it, for the infidels are of one nation.

"O true believers, contract not an intimate friendship with any besides yourselves: they will not fail to corrupt you. They wish for that which may cause you to perish: their hatred hath already appeared from out of their mouths; but what their breasts conceal is yet more inveterate. We have already shown you signs of their ill will towards you, if ye understand." (The Family of Imran - verse 118).

It is not in vain that the verse is ended with Allah's words "if ye understand."

Why is this relevant?

In June, Hamas joined the Palestinian Authority government headed by Mahmoud Abbas. This means Israel is being asked to negotiate with a government containing terrorists as defined by the United States, which itself has a policy prohibiting negotiations with terrorists.

This is a dilemma for another day.

Let’s take a brief look at how the current fighting broke out.

There had been relative calm since 2012 when the U.S. brokered a cease fire between Hamas and Israel. Those Hamas-instigated flare-ups happen every couple of years. The U.S. has offered to mediate a new cease-fire.

Hamas opened up after Israeli forces rounded up seveal hundred suspects as it hunted for the kidnappers of three Israeli teens. Hundreds of rockets flew into Israel, aimed at civilian targets.

Chances are, Hamas isn’t ready to quit yet because has not yet achieved its aims.

Those aims are not military, as Hamas in the Gaza has zero chance of defeating Israel, and can’t even cause grievous harm. (Please note all the rockets so far came from Gaza, which Israel left in 2005, taking all Israelis, military and civilian, out.) None have come from the West Bank which is under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas is not fighting a military war, it is fighting a public relations war.

In that war, suffering casualties is a victory, leading to condemnation of Israel, which is acting in self-defense.

Israel faces a dilemma – let Hamas rockets go unanswered, or fight back and be blamed for Palestinian deaths, no matter how diligently Israel tries to avoid them.

Hamas urges residents to remain in their homes and die for the cause.

What is the cause? Gaza is already unoccupied and free to build itself up.

Not interested.

The “cause” is to obliterate Israel and drive infidels out of the Middle East.

Israel is not willing to commit suicide, so it fires back.

If history is a guide, this will go on for a while, then calm will return and (after time) it will happen again.

The only end will come when the Palestinians decide it is in their interests to accept a peace proposal, such as have been offered time and time again:

I hope someone brings this to Gordon’s attention.