Editor’s Note: This is an excellent article for all of those who bought the media propaganda and decided to sympathize with Hamas. If you were never swayed to support Hamas, forward this on to all your friends who’ve been deceived.
Two centuries ago, the great German poet Goethe said: “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.”
It’s as true today as it was then.
The difference between Hamas and Israel couldn’t be greater, yet you wouldn’t know it when listening to some observers.
For the Non-Aligned Movement, it’s all about Gaza’s innocence and Israel’s guilt. One fine day, with nothing else to do but consider how to provoke peaceful, serene Hamas-ruled Gaza, the big, bad Israelis decided to attack.
For a fair share of the media, it’s above all a story of Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israel’s military machine.
For the protesters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday, it was about equating Israel to Nazi Germany.
It’s a perfect illustration of reverse causality. Hamas triggered a war, but that’s long since forgotten, if ever it was remembered. The focus now is only on the suffering of those who are responsible for the conflict in the first place.
Indeed, Goethe was right. There are those who can’t, or won’t, see what’s right in front of them.
Ideological blinders get in the way. Or a failure of imagination about the true nature of Hamas. Or a gullibility that allows people to believe whatever the Hamas propaganda machine churns out. Or, in some cases, downright hostility to anything that Israel, the Jewish state, does.
It’s high time for moral clarity, not moral fog.
Hamas is a terrorist organization. That’s its official designation by the United States, European Union, Australia, Canada and others.
Israel is a democratic country with an independent judiciary, the rule of law, free and fair elections, and a robust civil society.
Hamas is anti-Western, anti-Christian (and, not surprisingly, anti-Semitic), anti-gay, misogynist and anti-intellectual.
Israel is the exact opposite.
Hamas has territorial ambitions on Israel. In fact, that’s putting it too mildly: it would like to replace Israel in its entirety with a Muslim Brotherhood-ruled state.
Israel has no territorial ambitions on Hamas-ruled Gaza. To the contrary, Israel left it totally nine years ago, with the hope of never having to return.
Hamas has a vested interest in using its Gaza base for permanent confrontation with Israel.
Israel, which, alas, can’t change its geography, has a vested interest in a peaceful, moderate, and developing state on its border.
Hamas, the sole ruler of Gaza since 2007, has used the last seven years to smuggle in weaponry and develop military punch, rather than building the foundation of a responsible state.
Knowing this arsenal has been stockpiled for the sole purpose of being used against it, Israel seeks, as any nation would, to prevent Hamas from attaining its lethal goal.
Hamas has no compunction about deploying terrorist cells and weapons in civilian population centers in Gaza, fully aware that Israel would have no choice but to appear to be targeting “innocent” people.
Israel goes to unprecedented lengths to avoid falling into the Hamas trap, even phoning and dropping leaflets in advance to warn civilians to leave target areas.