A Conversation We Need to Have on Israel, Part 2

By Elke Weiss, August 5, 2012

hamas cartoon A Conversation We Need to Have on Israel, Part 2

After my last post about conversations I would like to stop having on Israel, I considered conversations that the mainstream audience is not having on Israel.

The British Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould said this week that there is a “growing concern” in the United Kingdom that Israel isn’t doing enough to achieve progress in the peace talks with Palestinians. He cites settlement explanation and the blockade on Gaza as Israel being unwilling to be a full partner in peace.

Ambassador Gould, there is one question that I want to ask. Why is Israel being told to negotiate with a partner that wants the annihilation of the state?  Why is Israel being told to negotiate with a partner focused on genocide?

Hamas says in Article Seven of its charter:

[Hamas] aspires to the realization of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.

Notice that the word Israeli is not used; this is every single Jewish person. It includes Jewish Voice for Peace, Neturai Karta, and other Jews who hate the state of Israel. This is a call for genocide, against innocent people who follow a religion. Why Israel should do anything but ignore and thwart such a terrorist group is beyond me.

Why isn’t the fact that Hamas wants every Jewish person dead discussed whenever the topic of peace talks comes up? Why aren’t people calling for Palestinians to disavow talks of murder and talk peace?

Israel could forcibly uproot every single settlement; end the blockade on Gaza and it still would not be enough for Hamas. It is not hard to read their motives, Hamas states it openly. They want to finish Hitler’s work and kill everyone Jewish, men, women and children, regardless of politics, religious observance or location.  But Gould goes on:

The centre ground, the majority, the British public may not be expert, but they are not stupid and they see a stream of announcements about new building in settlements, they read stories about what’s going on in the West Bank, they read about restrictions in Gaza. The substance of what’s going wrong is really what’s driving this.

The British public is not stupid, but they are missing a key part in the conversation. All of those restrictions are happening because Hamas wants Israel gone. Settlements beyond the Green Line would only be a problem if Hamas didn’t consider settlements to be any Jewish life in part of the Holy land.

We need to have a conversation about peace as a realistic process and not just an ideal. Israel would only benefit from having peace. The country could stop sending their children off to war, and could allow them to pursue higher education at a younger age. A downgrading of security would be a welcome change in a country where you cannot even enter a mall without having your purse searched.

Maybe the British public needs to hear about the terrorist group really driving this conflict. Why aren’t there streams of announcements about rockets, suicide bombings or genocide? The question is, why isn’t the BBC covering Hamas’s true motives?

The silence is as deadly as it is deafening.

Elke Weiss

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