Hamas Reascendant – by P. David Hornik


“Brothers and sisters, we will not be satisfied with Gaza. Hamas looks toward the whole of Palestine.”

So said Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh on Monday as he addressed a rally in Gaza City to mark the 22nd anniversary of Hamas’s founding as the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

As one report describes it,

“Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters thronged downtown Gaza City…. Gaza was decked out in Islamic green, with Hamas flags fluttering from roofs, lampposts and cars. Some parents dressed small children in combat fatigues and green Hamas headbands.

“The crowd packed an outdoor square where a huge banner draped over the wall of a building showed a picture of Jerusalem’s main Islamic shrine and photos of senior Hamas figures.

“Leaders made fiery speeches, bands played and scout troops marched in processions….”

At a time when both the United States and the European Union treat Palestinian statehood as one of the cardinal goals of international politics, seemingly these lines are worth pausing over. When one speaks of “the Palestinians”—the allegedly deprived group that receives more attention and assistance than all others—one is speaking in large part of supporters of an Islamic-fundamentalist movement whose proclaimed goal is the destruction of Israel pure and simple. The people willing to “dress small children in combat fatigues and green Hamas headbands” are—in considerable part—“the Palestinians.”

Hamas also reportedly released a statement on Monday that said it was still willing to reconcile with the rival Fatah movement, and that abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit would not be freed until Israel acceded to all of Hamas’s demands for the freeing of major terrorists.

Is Hamas’s confidence and bravado justified? According to the Israel Defense Forces, the answer is, yes. The IDF believes that “a new round with Hamas could be just around the corner” and that “this future conflict will be far different than its predecessor, and likely more lethal.”

With the rocket and mortar fire from Gaza having, indeed, gone way down since Israel’s war on Hamas last December and January—from about 3,000 rockets and mortars in all of 2008 to about one-tenth that number so far this year—why the pessimism?

One reason is that since that time Hamas has been engaging in an “unprecedented rearmament process.” Despite all the talk after the war about a concerted international effort to stop the smuggling into Gaza, Hamas has actually increased the smuggling and brought in long-range Iranian missiles, advanced Russian-made antitank missiles, and much else.

But apart from all that brawn, Hamas is also applying brains. Next time around it

“plans to use more civilian infrastructure; for example, the group has already taken control of over 80 percent of Gaza’s mosques, which it uses to store weapons and shelter command-and-control centers.

“Hamas believes it can overcome Israel’s qualitative edge by either forcing the IDF to penetrate deep into the residential areas to target its command centers and bases that are being ‘padded’ with civilians, or by provoking the IAF to attack by air, an act which runs the risk of major international condemnation.”

You could call it the Goldstone effect. Hamas knows that since last winter’s war, the side that has come in for moral censure—epitomized by the UN Human Rights Council’s Goldstone Report that accused the Jewish state of war crimes on the basis of spoon-fed Hamas propaganda—is Israel. The side that turns places of worship into weapons storerooms, uses civilians as military fodder, and dresses up children as holy warriors is, after all, “the Palestinians.”

On the military side, the IDF is reportedly “preparing accordingly and…already training its forces based on future operational models. To date, several brigade-level exercises have been held.” On the moral side, Israel knows it will face the usual uphill struggle to establish that it has the right to defend itself.

  • andyFree

    Maybe it would be a good idea to open the gates of the concentration camp and let those people back to their homes. Failing which, you're probably right, their resistance will know no bounds and you'll have to murder all 1.5 million of them.

    It's just a pity that Israel's Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai (Feb 2008, when he was preparing to shower children with white phosphorus) that Israel was going to create a shoa in Gaza.

    I don't suppose I have to translate the Yiddish word “Shoa” for anyone.

  • Robert Bernier

    War crimes
    Israel is free to employ ALL munitions, tactics, equipment and personnel in her arsenal to defend herself against the outlaw Hamas terrorist organization. Short of the intentional targeting and murder of truly uninvolved and innocent civilians, Israel can (and should) operate as freely as she desires to protect her territorial sovereignty and the lives of her citizens. “If Hamas attempts to shield its operations with truly innocent civilians or children—it is Hamas and not Israel, who has committed an atrocity -an actionable war crime-of the most heinous proportion!” Just consult : http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2009/11

  • Robert Bernier

    Collective Punishment.
    Despite its failure to improve the living conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and its responsibility for the ongoing suffering there, Hamas is still admired by many because of its continued defiance and refusal to bow to US, Israeli and Arab pressure. Poll after poll shows widespread collective support among the majority of the Palestinian Arab population for Hamas and for the destruction of Israel. More at : http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2009/09

  • StanleyT

    their homes? please define “their homes”. If, as I suspect, you are suggesting that Israel allow itself to be flooded by hostile Palestinians who never lived there, you are either not thinking straight or you are, plain and simply, calling for the absolute destruction of Israel. Please enlighten us on which of these it is.

  • Robert Bernier

    Violation of UN Charter Article 51
    Israel is a sovereign and democratic state with an obligation, and not just a right, to defend its citizens from armed aggression. Gaza has for years been used by Hamas and other groups as a base for rocket strikes on Israeli centres of population. There have been thousands of such attacks, putting hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians at risk. These are, as Human Rights Watch has put it, unlawful and unjustifiable, and they amount to war crimes. To understand what it means to live under rockets threat consult :

  • dogwithoutslippers

    May Israel persevere!~

  • 301

    With all that green this could be Copenhagen.

  • CowboyUp

    Hamas and hezz are tentacles of the mad mullahs, they will grow back as long as the mad mullahs and the IRG exists. You think they're murderous, aggressive, and blatant now, just wait until the mad mullahs are under the nuclear umbrella hussein is allowing them to develop.

    Israel has the right to defend herself, there's nobody there that can stop her. The 'world' hasn't stopped any country or leaders from doing anything, without USA muscle. The only thing really holding Israel back from defending herself is Israel.

  • beetyboop

    God Bless Israel. “The Palestinians” should be grateful for Israel's self-restraint. Of course, the anti-Israeli presence in our own government must be a comfort to “the Palestinians” as well.

  • keithrage

    These blood thirsty mad dogs should turn on each other and the last man standing should turn off the lights.
    I hear Israel is a world leader in specialty riot gas production, how about a little sleep time for these idiots and when they wake their patch has been freshly scrubbed of all weapons, sounds nice or how about I'm getting tired of all you evil little jihadists so lets turn you all into glass.sounds crispy

  • BS77

    Worried about Iran getting nuclear bombs? Terrorist attacks coming up? Hamas and the Taliban? FOrget about it….think about Tiger Woods, Lindsay Lohan, the new cartoon movie Avatar….get a People magazine….Find out about the upcoming Oscars…….you know, the really important stuff the mass media wants us to focus on.

  • USMCSniper

    I'll use Yiddish to inform you that you are a “schemiel” with “chutzpa” because you are too stupid to even suspect you are really stupid!

  • BS77

    Take a long walk on a short pier, leftist moron.

  • argoFP

    Amen! Our country is being polluted by the raging liberal media. They are trying to dumb us down by filling our minds with all the Hollywood frivolous tripe!

  • seels4truth

    Your comments are ridiculous. When Israel ceded Gush Katif and other Gazan cities they also handed the Gazans a fully operational flower business that was responsible for close to 10% of Israel's export dollars. The Gazan arabs destroyed the business and the homes in the area. It is a self-imposed dump that is kept that way by Hamas to generate good PR. Haters seem to ignore the truth when it is convenient. The Gazan arabs have NO rights to any homes beyond Gaza. ZERO! But lets look at this from a leftist point of view: Arabs were given Gaza and were given a chance to prove their desire to live in peace alongside Israel. They burned cities and trashed income generating businesse whil electing the most virulent terrorist group as their leader. Why should Isreal negotiate with them? Why should Israel do anything as long as Hamas refuses to behave like civilized humans? It's amazing: When Hamas fires missiles at schools and declares that ALL Israel must be destroyed and ALL Jews killed leftists refer to that as “negotiations” whereas Israel's building of apartments is called “a holocaust”.

  • SteveNVicki

    Genesis 12:2-4 (New International Version)

    2 “I will make you into a great nation
    and I will bless you;
    I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.

    3 I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
    and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

    Don't want to be on the wrong side of this now do we? We MUST support Israel.

  • LindaRivera

    Ally Israel is treated as an enemy. Our enemies are treated as friends. I am grieved to say that Washington has placed America on the wrong side. Here in America, we cannot escape G-D's judgment. We must never forget that G-D will surely bring down upon America all the terrible things that Washington seeks to do to Israel. G-D's judgments will be terrifying.

    In the war against Jews, US, Europe and other nations massively finance the PA/PLO Muslim war machine. The US provides weapons, including thousands of US assault rifles, ammunition and advanced military training to US terrorist favorites, Palestinian Authority security services who have murdered more Jews than Hamas. They are America's proxy terrorist army against loyal ally, Israel.

    U.S. trained forces in 'greatest' terrorist attacks
    Jihadist boasts 1 week after transfer of American assault rifles
    July 09, 2009
    By Aaron Klein

    The statement comes one week after Israel approved the transfer of 1,000 U.S. and European assault rifles to those same security forces. PA militias regularly receive American arms, funding and advanced training.

    Terrorists double as police officers
    Since the late 1990s, the U.S. has run training bases for PA militias. The U.S. also has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid and weapons to build up the PA militias.

    Many members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist organization serve openly in the various PA militias, including in top positions. The Brigades, the declared military wing of Abbas' Fatah organization, is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks aimed at Jewish civilian population centers. Most Brigades members received U.S. or European training as part of the PA security forces.

    Terrorist: 'U.S. training helped us kill Jews'
    “I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than 1,000 Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without these [American] trainings,” said Yousuf.

    “All the methods and techniques that we studied in these trainings, we applied them against the Israelis,” he said.

    “We sniped at Israeli settlers and soldiers. We broke into settlements and Israeli army bases and posts. We collected information on the movements of soldiers and settlers. We collected information about the best timing to infiltrate our bombers inside Israel. We used weapons and we produced explosives, and of course the trainings we received from the Americans and the Europeans were a great help to the resistance.”

    “I myself received American trainings in Jericho. Together with my Preventative comrades, I received trainings in intelligence methods and military trainings,” he said. “In the intelligence part, we learned collection of information regarding suspected persons, how to follow suspected guys, how to infiltrate organizations and penetrate cells of groups that we were working on and how to prevent attacks and to steal in places.

    “On the military level, we received trainings on the use of weapons, all kind of weapons and explosives,” Yousuf said. “We received sniping trainings, work of special units especially as part of what they call the fight against terror. We learned how to put siege, how to break into places where our enemies closed themselves in, how to oppress protest movements, demonstrations and other activities of opposition.

    “We also learned to discover agents that Israel tried to plant in our cells,” he said.
    “We applied against Israel all that we learned from the Americans.”

    Because the U.S. government employs jihadists against loyal ally, Israel, will the U.S. unleash their American trained Muslim terrorist army against Americans or other people?

    The Free World is under attack. But the massive assaults on our freedom and security, are not just from Islamo Fascists.

  • patriotwork

    Frontpage: Both Monday and Tuesday your “Transformatiion” article has been blocked.

    Why? Am I the only one having trouble with access?

  • mark

    Argo, take the chip off your shoulder. This is not a liberal-conservative issue. The dumbing down of “news” reporting is a problem with all media, including “liberal” media, “conservative” media and everything in between. Has Fox News failed to report about Tiger Woods? There is no vast, left-wing conspiracy to dumb down America. Media reports what people are interested in hearing about.

  • frank002

    We can solve this problem easily. Nuke them all. That way, they will all get their 72 virgins and Israel will be free of a threat.

  • CowboyUp

    Nope, nukes aren't needed and have too many downsides (including several countries with their own nukes and over a half dozen allies inside the fallout plumes). We just need to attack the mad mullahs/IRG, and their nuke infrastructure (TDB if putin's techs are there when that happens) 'conventionally.' The scare quotes don't exclude the NSA, CIA, Special Forces, and just about anybody we can get to go after them. The Iranian people will do the rest. I don't have to like what they come up with, as long as they aren't sponsoring terrorism against anybody. That's not too much to ask.

    The important thing is to kill a score or so of mad mullahs, the upper and mid levels of IRG/Qods leadership, and destroy their nuke and military/intel infrastructure, depots, and arms factories (even though many of these targets are intentionally placed near civilians, thank God for precision munitions).

    We should capitalize on our ability to kill the bad guys while minimizing civilian casualties. It's in our power to prevent a real bloodbath by a mortal enemy (and most likely one by us in return), and we should.

  • Salvatore

    God bless Israel and all her people. We thank you for being one of the very few countries who have the guts to deal with these murderous Islamists. Peace with these bastards comes by they knowing what is going to hit them and hit them hard if they fuck up. Our prayers for your boys and girls in the military who do a fantastic job.