Officially Terrorist . . Palestinians Elect Hamas
Vol: 52 Issue: 26 Thursday, January 26, 2006
Officially Terrorist . . Palestinians Elect Hamas
Two conflicting stories popped up in this morning’s Jerusalem Post. The first, headlined “Tourism to Israel Increases by 27%” competed for space with the story reporting the first democratic election of a terrorist government in modern history.
It was a study in contrasts. One story celebrated a ‘victory’ over terror as evidenced by the return of tourism.
The other lamented the election victory of Palestinian terrorists vowing to combine their newly attained political power with terrorism to achieve their goal of Israel’s destruction.
Hamas won almost all of the 16 constituencies in the West Bank and Gaza, in particular the Jerusalem district, where Hamas won all four seats allocated for Muslim candidates.
The Palestinian parliament has 132 seats. Wednesday’s election was split into a vote for 66 seats for local districts and 66 for a national ballot. In the West Bank, Hamas won all nine seats in the Hebron district, four of the five seats in Ramallah and captured the majority of seats in Nablus, Jenin, Qalqilyah, Tul Karm and Salfit.
In the Gaza Strip, Hamas was the sole victor in the northern, Gaza City and Dir al-Balah districts. The group won four of the five seats in Khan Yunis, where Fatah candidate Mohammed Dahlan apparently won the fifth seat. Fatah won the majority of seats in Rafah.
“Hamas has won more than 70 seats in Gaza and the West Bank, which gives it more than 50 percent of the vote,” said senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah early Thursday.
On hearing the election results, the entire Palestinian Authority tendered its resignation while Mahmoud Abbas asked Hamas to form a new government. He vowed that Fatah would refuse to join any coalition government formed by Hamas.
“Fatah rejects participating in a government formed by Hamas,” Jibril al-Rajoub, a senior Fatah official in the West Bank, told Reuters. “Hamas has to take up its responsibilities. Fatah will act as a responsible opposition.”
Fatah official and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat announced, “Hamas will be asked to form the new government. We in Fatah will not join them. We will be a loyal opposition and rebuild the party.”
The election, boiled down to its basics, put the choice between peace and continued confrontation with Israel in front of ordinary Palestinians.
Fatah ran on its promise to resume peaceful negotiations with Israel. Hamas vowed to never give up the armed struggle, promised it would never disarm, and assured Palestinian voters that it would never revise its charter.
By charter, Hamas exists for only one purpose — the destruction of Israel.
Fatah, measured against any other standard in the world, is ALSO a terrorist organization. It’s military wing, the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, doesn’t have as large a body count to its credit as does Hamas, but it is every bit as merciless and deadly.
Fatah was created and nurtured by Yasser Arafat and, while it never abandoned terror as a method of political persuasion, it was willing to at least pursue a path of negotiating for peace with Israel. Hamas promises Israel’s total destruction as the only acceptable settlement for the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Palestinian voters rejected compromise, choosing continued confrontation instead.
This is key . . . heretofore, one could point to Yasser Arafat, or corruption within the Palestinian Authority, or cronyism or nepotism as causes for the failure of peace negotiations.
It was possible to maintain the fiction that the Palestinians wanted peace but it was their leadership that was unwilling. Not any more.
Hamas was elected in what was, according to observers, a legitimate, honest democratic election. The Palestinian people have spoken, and, by their vote, they have chosen terror instead of compromise, embracing war and eschewing any hope for peace.
Washington has only itself to blame. The Bush administration’s unwavering faith in democracy caused it to push for Palestinian elections, convinced, as it is, of the existence of a moderate majority among Islam.
It was convinced that, if the majoriy of Palestinians turned out to vote, they would overwhelmingly reject violence and terror and embrace peaceful coexistence with Israel. The election was touted as the Palestinian’s first real chance at a popular peace.
Voter turnout was massive; nearly 78 percent of eligible Palestinians showed up at the polls — and voted into existence the world’s first officially terrorist government.
What is next? Well, in the absence of talks, Israel is more likely to pursue unilateral moves to set a final border with the West Bank following its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip last year.
Israel will continue to build its security fence, and will have little reason not to annex any Palestinian-claimed territory within the fence boundaries in the name of security.
The Hamas victory drives the final nail into the coffin of the ‘Road Map for Peace’, now as dead as the Oslo Agreement. The Road Map’s FIRST requirement was to disarm and disband Hamas. Instead, the Palestinian people ELECTED them.
Peace between Israel and the Arabs is a key element in Bible prophecy. According to the prophet Daniel, (9:27) a leader will arise from the revived Roman Empire of the last days who, the prophet says, will CONFIRM a seven-year peace deal with Israel using a process that will ‘divide the land for gain.’ (11:39)
The seven year Oslo land for peace formula exists, but remains in limbo, unconfirmed and unconfirmable without the cooperation of the Palestinian side.
The United States has joined Israel in ruling out working with any Palestinian official with ties to Hamas, but the European Union offered its congratulations and promised to work with anybody, saying only that Hamas must be ready to work for peace with Israel if it joins the Palestinian government.
“And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:27)
Daniel’s scenario continues to develop, precisely along the lines predicted for the last days.
“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
We are well past the beginning. Our redemption grows ever nearer. So does the sense of urgency for those of us chosen to serve as watchmen on the wall.
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” (Ezekiel 33:6)