News agencies enamored with the Palestinian fight against "colonial Zionists" have taken to referring to the new Hamas "document of general principles & politics," released on May 1, as a "charter."
This is not a slip of a pen, but a deliberate attempt to whitewash Hamas.
The differences between a "document" (as Hamas termed it) and a "charter" are self-explanatory. The first could be viewed as a tactic aimed at achieving the strategic goals of the second.
But Israelis, many of whom have long since turned Yasser Arafat into a symbol of peace, are willing, once again, with a stroke of a pen, to transform Hamas into a legitimate "partner for peace."
One of those seeking to whitewash Hamas is Ronit Marzan, teacher of political science at Haifa University and author of "Yasser Arafat: Rhetoric of a Lone Leader." In her book, Marzan goes out of her way to present Arafat as a true peace-loving man. Now she finds three(!) words in this new Hamas document that "prove" her conclusion that this terror organization (which, remember, has not changed a single word in its actual charter) is now a legitimate partner for peace.
In her hair-splitting analysis of the new document, Marzan states, for example, that the word "jihad" does not appear, even though it actually does. She also dismisses references to mujahideen (jihad fighters). Her conclusion, reached in service to a political agenda rather than by fair analysis, is that Hamas will now accept the two-state solution, and is thus a legitimate partner for peace. And not only for Israel, but for the international community, as well.
Marzan is easy and willing prey. And she fell right into Hamas' trap.
Marzan is typical of those Israelis who so lust for peace that they will turn a blind eye to the fact that neither Hamas nor the PLO have ever given up their aspirations of establishing a Palestinian state in place of Israel.
Otherwise, how could "peaceniks" like Marzan so easily dismisses paragraph one of the new document, which clearly states that Hamas is wholly committed to jihad:
"The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas is a Palestinian Islamic national liberation and resistance movement. Its goal is to liberate Palestine and confront the Zionist project. Its frame of reference is Islam, which determines its principles, objectives and means."
Likewise, how could she simply dismisses paragraph two, which states that "Palestine, which extends from the River Jordan in the east to the Mediterranean in the west and from Ras Al-Naqurah [Kibbutz Rosh Hanikrah] in the north to Umm Al-Rashrash [the city of Eilat] in the south, is an integral territorial unit. It is the land and the home of the Palestinian people. The expulsion and banishment of the Palestinian people from their land and the establishment of the Zionist entity therein do not annul the right of the Palestinian people to their entire land and do not entrench any rights therein for the usurping Zionist entity."
But, of course, most Israelis refuse to be duped by this document.
In his analysis, Jonathan Dahoah-Halevi, who also translated the document to Hebrew (proper translation is key to proper understanding) correctly summarizes the key points as follow:
It affirms Islam as the sole and supreme authority for all goals and actions.
It denies Israel of any legal legitimacy.
It denies any Jewish link or right to the holy Muslim land.
It Justifies armed struggle to free the whole of "Palestine."
It praises all the liberals who support the Palestinian fight against Israel.
The difference from the Hamas charter, and this alteration is designed solely to fool the fools, is Hamas' willingness to "establish a Palestinian state in temporary borders (the two-state solution) as a step toward the continuation of the armed struggle to eradicate Israel."
The Oslo Accords demonstrated that a terror group (the PLO) was able to successfully maneuver Israel and the international community into accepting it as a legitimate and legal organization. The latest Hamas document is designed to achieve the same.
Will Israel and the world again be fooled?