Hamas’ Sorrow for “Arab Holy Warrior”

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One party that wasn’t celebrating Osama bin Laden’s killing on Monday was Hamas. Ismail Haniyeh—head of its administration in the Gaza Strip, and seen by some super-sophisticated commentators as leading its “political” (as opposed to “military”) wing—told reporters:

We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood…. We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.

Haniyeh’s statement comes hard on the heels of last week’s announcement of a unity pact between Hamas and Fatah, the leading force in the Palestinian Authority and widely seen as Israel’s peace partner. The formal signing of the pact is set to go ahead in Cairo on Wednesday. Representing Fatah will be Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority; representing Hamas will be the Damascus-based terrorist kingpin Khaled Mashaal, whom Israel tried to assassinate in Amman in 1997.

Last week’s announcement appeared to most Israelis a brazen act by Abbas and Fatah of open unification with an unregenerate, openly genocidal, Islamist terror organization. It seemed all the more brazen for being aimed at increasing the Palestinians’ chances of getting a recognition of statehood at the UN in September—by presenting a united Fatah-Hamas front.

Yet, apart from some members of Congress who laudably condemned the move and threatened a cutoff of aid to the Palestinian Authority, otherwise it hardly stirred up a storm abroad. As Jerusalem Post editor in chief David Horovitz wrote:

I waited for the global condemnation of the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, for choosing to tie their fate to an organization ideologically bent on wiping out the Jewish state…. But I waited in vain….

Instead, what was heard were sounds well short of condemnation. While White House chief of staff William Daley called Hamas “a terrorist organization which targets civilians,” he left a door open by adding that “the United States supports Palestinian reconciliation, provided it is on terms which advance the cause of peace.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was positively jubilant, saying through a spokesman that he “welcomes efforts being made to promote Palestinian reconciliation.” And the EU’s reaction was that “we have consistently called for reconciliation and peace under the authority of Abbas as a way to end the division between the West Bank and Gaza.”

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  • Anamah

    But they do not have the minimum level of quality to get a peaceful and productive life, they are unable to perform as human beings. They are drowned in their incurable resentment and hatred , in the place of spirit and soul only have a bag of poison…I do not believe they are capable to make anything positive to themselves nor to others.

    • alan

      Right on!

  • ImaFreeAmerican

    I hope one day Israel sneeks over and takes these animals out. ALL muslims should be terminated with extreme prejudice. They are the worlds wart. They keep on growing and they need to be removed.

    • Bista09

      if you dont miknd me asking excatly what would be accomplished by terminating muslims.

      • Watchman

        If you knew anything about mohammed you'd know that he was a murdering psycopath who created the book of the quran/koran. muslims are inbred so the genetics are really screwed up for generations. These people are a defective humans following a book that's demonic in nature. They openly rape little boys and girls with the local government sometimes helping them to aquire kids. They are the true enemies of the free world. It states in their book that it'd okay to lie and say they're your friend only to accomplish the spread of islam. I have studied it extensively. The world would be a better place without them. I make no apologies for my beliefs. I hope this answers your question and I encourage you to study, research, find out for yourself. There is no such thing as a good muslim. There is no such thing that islam being a religion of peace.

  • Rifleman

    Bill ayers supports them, they must be murderous swine.

  • davarino

    Its funny how the left coddles these Nazis, as though they are benign.

  • StephenD

    I want to see the folks in the W.H. defend talk of inviting them to the table after this. It is laughable to watch. At Israel's expense, we continue to coddle these assassins in suits and ties. They smile and say words like "Peace" and "Reconcile" and clasp their hands as though they would be brother to Mother Teresa. All the while they hide claws inside velvet gloves wanting tot rend the flesh of every non-Muslim. Honoring Bin Laden…how about that W.H.?? Still want to talk "peace" with these folks? Remember 9/11! Remember the Fogel Family!

  • tanstaafl

    I propose sending an American representative to the meeting. Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashaal …… meet Mr. Hellfire missile.

  • michiganruth

    exactly right, StephenD. how can the Samantha Powers and Susan Rices defend them now? I'm glad Hamas showed its true colors and mourns for Osama bin Laden. really, what more proof does we need that these people do NOT share the same values as we do?

    could this be a turning point in the education of young Barack Obama? might he be starting to learn that Gitmo isn't such a bad idea…and that waterboarding is sometimes warranted? is he learning who our true friends and enemies are?

    …or am I being hopelessly naive?