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I wish I could be as hopeful

Reader comment on item: Why Hamas['s Electoral Victory] Leaves Me Neutral

Submitted by Kenneth S. Besig (Israel), Jan 31, 2006 at 11:24

There is always the possibility that Hamas will become just a slightly more extreme version of Fatah, but be moderated like Fatah was, by the responsibilities of being a governing body and the necessity of putting on a moderate show for the international aid donors.

But I doubt it. Hamas won a landslide victory, and unlike Fatah, many of it's members really believe in their victory as a reward from Allah for their steadfastness, determination, and purity. I agree that Hamas will certainly be less corrupt than Fatah was, and will also use their financial and military resources to pursue their publicly stated goals of the destruction of Israel and the genocide of the Jewish People, and maybe even do some good for the Palestinians, rather than to enrich themselves and their families like the Fatah people did.

Many think that Hamas will take it's time, organize it's forces, resupply and refit, before it resumes it's terrorist war against Israel. And perhaps the Hamas leadership would like to but I would suggest that very soon, a very serious crisis will develop in the Persian Gulf and Iran will call upon it's allies to exert as much military pressure throughout the region as possible, especially on the Lebanese border with Israel, and certainly by way of the Hamas government in the Palestinian areas.

Of course, even more likely is that Hamas will renew it's terrorist war against Israel immediately on it's own, for it's own genocidal and Islamist reasons.

Israel is facing a very difficult period and a very difficult choice. Israel will be confronting armed and militant Islamism in a very short time, and will be given the choice of destroying her enemy or facing destruction herself. As an Israeli Jew, I am not so sure that we as a People still have the nerve to destroy our enemies.
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