The New York Times’ Hamas Romance

The New York Times published an op-ed article by Roger Cohen on November 19th entitled “Gaza Without End.” Its title should have been “Left-Wing Media Makes Excuses for Hamas Without End.”

Cohen criticizes Israel’s decision, taken after months of unprovoked and unanswered rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, to strike back forcefully.  He calls it “potent fertilizer to the grasses of hatred.”  In other words, as Cohen sees it, unless Israel just turns the other cheek and lets Hamas continue firing rockets at its citizens at will, Israel will be fanning more terrorist acts in endless cycles of violence.

Does Cohen seriously believe that any other nation on the planet would accept being attacked by rockets aimed at its civilians?  Does he think that the United States government would sit by for a moment if rockets launched from northern Mexico were fired daily at Houston, Dallas or San Diego?

As Israeli President Shimon Peres said during an exclusive interview with The Israel Project’s Arabic language outlet Israel Uncensored:

“We are firing at missile launchers, weapons cashes and so on because they are firing on citizens in Sderot, Beersheva and Tel-Aviv, not the other way around.  It is important not to believe the Hamas propaganda, which is attempting to give the impression among residents in the region that Israel is the aggressor.  We have no interest whatsoever in operating in Gaza.  Israel withdrew from Gaza completely in 2005.  If Hamas would stop the firing by their military wing, and would stop allowing other organizations to run rampant, they would see quiet on the part of Israel.”

Cohen foolishly confuses cause and effect.  Hamas and its jihadist brethren do not need Israel’s military response to fire up their hatred, as Cohen seems to believe. They hate Israel because it exists as a Jewish state on land the Islamists claim belongs exclusively to them.

Hamas’s founding charter, which remains in force to this day, reflects the hatred that prevents a truly peaceful resolution. It calls for the destruction of Israel and the killing of Jews.  It states that Palestine is “an Islamic Waqf [possession] throughout all generations and to the Day of Resurrection…This is the status [of the land] in Islamic Shari’a, and it is similar to all lands conquered by Islam by force, and made thereby Waqf lands upon their conquest, for all generations of Muslims until the Day of Resurrection.”

Fueled by their pathological hatred, Hamas initiated the attacks against Israeli citizens, launched from the Gaza territory that Hamas controls. The “prelude,” as Cohen describes it, was not “a rocket fired from Gaza hitting southern Israel on Nov. 3.” The prelude was years of rocket barrages, including some 800 rockets fired from Gaza in 2012 alone before Israel finally responded.

Cohen goes so far as to question whether Israel should have assassinated Ahmed al-Jabari, the head of the military wing of Hamas. After all, Cohen argues, al-Jabari was serving as a go-between in negotiations, including for the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit whom he was responsible for abducting in the first place.

Al-Jabari followed up the release of Shalit with a vow to kidnap more Israeli soldiers and officers. He was responsible for the deaths of Israeli civilians and directed the cycles of escalation against Israel, presumably right up to the day he died. He was keeping faith with his declaration in 2010 that “With the power of faith, weapons and missiles, tunnels and commandos we will achieve victory for Palestine and we’ll end the occupation in Gaza too.”

Cohen suggests that Israel should just forget about all the violence perpetrated by Hamas and its friends since Israel’s unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 and try “testing Palestinian good will rather than punishing Palestinian bad faith.”

Been there, done that, Mr. Cohen.  It is time for the Palestinians, for once, to make the first move and prove their good faith through actions, not propaganda.  They can start by stopping completely their rocket attacks immediately and without condition.

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  • Johnny

    I'm a middle eastern christian, I support Israel against the dogs of Satan (hamas,etc…). Ironically the people who talk against Israel in the liberal media are Jews. They should be ashamed of theirselves. I won't be surprised if those traitors are being paid from the petro dollars to propagate the lies of the islamists.
    GO ISRAEL, don't listen to the dogs of the islamists (liberal media) , GOD is with you, who could be against you.

  • Taimy

    The rocket attacks are a response to Israel's occupation of Palestinian land – beyond UN resolutions.

    Israel is the aggressor from day one by virtue of its occupation. How about withdrawing within the UN sanctioned borders, ending settlement in West Bank and Jerusalem, demolishing the already created settlements, stopping th theft of Palestinian water – and then asking the rocket attacks to stop?

    Occupation and building settlements in occupied territories is AN ACT OF WAR.

    So what is the cause? Israel's brutal occupation.

    • Stern

      Hoo boy, we've caught a real one here folks. All the Palestinian BS comes out word for word. Every lie ever told about Israel, repeated here for our edification.

      Clearly, there is no point arguing with this troll. It is too full of hatred to appreciate the truth or rational argument.

    • SHmuelHaLevi

      The only usurpers of Eretz Israel are the murderous savages composing the islamic hordes. This Land was always Jewish until the ghastly islamic death cult adherents as well as the Roman and subsequent co travelers massacred, enslaved and transferred our people.
      The Biblical lands of the Jewish people are infested by the aberrant believers of the cult of death called islam. Originally "Moon" worshipers that savage aggregate turned a rather interesting specimen into the their "prophet" demi god. Since then monstrous acts have been their mainstay everywhere that flotsam appeared.
      Torture, rape, death and mayhem, theft are their mainstay.
      They will be eventually utterly severed from our Heritage and with them anyone who associates with that.

    • Choi

      TRYING to DESTROY a Sovereign Nation,Israel,from the moment of its Independence in its ancestral HOMELAND,is an ACT of WAR.
      If you SAVAGES had accepted the original UN Plan in 1948,you would have had a state as old as the Modern state of Israel.
      But,YOU SAVAGES CHOSE to CONTINUE the NAZI WAR ON THE JEWS,instead,and CONTINUE that WAR until this very moment.
      Quit WHINING! You're actually not getting anything near WHAT you've EARNED in 100+yrs of MURDEROUS JEW-HATRED

    • guest

      The people in "Palestine" are Egyptians, and other crappy countries that will not allow them back.
      They should be deported. Period.

      They are squatters. squat·ter
      a person or thing that squats.
      a person who settles on land or occupies property without title, right, or payment of rent.
      a person who settles on land under government regulation, in order to acquire title.

    • Starofdavid

      Actually attacks on Jews have been going in since Nabi Musa massacre in 1920. Which part of Palestine was occupied then Taimy

      These Arabs were offered their state in 1937. Rejected. In 1947 rejected. In 1967 rejected. Right up t the present day they reject every offer of peace. Ever stop to think why?

      When Jordan ruled the West Bank and e Jerusalem Between 1948-67. Why was no Palestinians state proclaimed. Why was no Palestinians flag raised over their Parliament?

      This has nothing to do with occupation. It's to do with ANNIHILATION AND ERADICATION. Of Jews and Israel

      The land has NEVER EVER been Palestinians. Sure they can have it after peace is agreed but NOT beforehand

      Ps there are no illegal settlements either. Un resolution 242 the only binding legal resolution held by the UN makes no mention of Palestinians or Jews not being allowed to build houses in their homeland. It does talk about territory needing to be returned but very deliberately does not state ALL territory. and remember Israel is now MUCH SMALLER than it was in 1967

      The neighbourhoods are built in Israeli soil won fair no square in a defence war from the previous owner Jordan. Just like the entire middle east was created out of the remnants of f the old Ottoman Empire then carved up by the Brits and the French. If not. Are ungoing to ethnically cleanse 500000 Jews from the area. We know Mahmood Abbas the Holocaust denier would. But screw him.

      Israel "occupies" 0.5% of the ME. THE ARAB COLONIALIST OCCUPY 99.5%. 0.5a% still too much for u?

      So keep repeating the same old occupation and settlements drivel

  • R.C.

    Roger Cohen is a self hating Godless Jew–and out of touch with reality!

  • The Truth

    To be fair to the Now York Times, they also did not report how Ariel Sharon's son Gilad called the Palestinians dogs and advocated that Israel simply genocidally destroy Gaza. Wehave a lot to look forward to when the racist youth in Israel take control of the country:

    When one looks at the statements of Gilad Sharon, Avigdor Lieberman, and Danny Danon, one realizes that Israel is getting off lightly on the criticism in the US press. If they were treated fairly, the truth would be out that Israel is an apartheid state run by vicious men with even more vicious children.

    Also, for all of Mr. Klein's bluster, the entire rant is underscored by the fact that Mr. Klein remains a free rider and resident of America, not a member of the Israeli Defense Force that he cheerleads.

    • Advocatus

      Yo, Schlo, what now? Are you feeling like you've worn out the welcome of your previous pseudonym? Fine, but The Truth? What's up with that? Suffering from delusions of grandeur a bit, are we?

    • bkopicz

      Gilad Sharon did not call for genocide; instead, he gave an honest assessment of the situation. He state: “A strong opening isn’t enough, you also have to know how to finish – and finish decisively” – This Shlo is your nightmare and explains your need to slander.

      Unfortunately, for you, Israel will not go gently into the night.

      • The Truth


  • Choi

    TYPICAL Jew-Hater!
    A LIAR calling themselves "truth".

  • Ghostwriter

    How would you feel if someone were constantly firing rockets at your house? I have no sympathy for the Palestinians. They created this situation by not wanting to live in peace with the Israelis. They would have had a state long ago if they weren't so busy strapping bombs to their kids or hijacking airplanes and ocean liners.

    • The Truth

      I would feel pretty good. I like a good challenge. It keeps things lively. Plus, unlike the Air Force, I can aim low. My house is on a hill.

      • nightspore


        "The Truth" has to be a computer program of some sort. No real person would give a response like this.