Hamas has got to go
This excellent article on the METimes agrees with me and Nadz's conclusion: If there is to be any rebuilding of Gaza and any future peace in the middle-east, Hamas has to go away. Moneyshot: Therefore it was alarming to read an interview on August 17 with Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Zahar asserting in Asharq Al Awsat newspaper that: "... shall never recognize a state by the name or its right to own a single inch in Palestine. This is what our Muslim religion dictates. Palestine is the property of Islam and Muslims. It is not, repeat not, owned by Palestinians or by Arabs. To say the least this is a highly unwise, almost criminal, kind of statement on so many counts." Mr. Al Zahar cancels the right of Palestinians by linking their fate to an undefined Islamic world. He also takes the Arabs out of the equation altogether. So, tell me doctor: Are Indonesian Muslims or Malaysians now part of the deal to liberate Palestinians? [...] Above all, Zahar shows a jihadist dictatorial tune out of sync with these times. Did he forget those same Palestinian people have chosen, in free elections Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), to be their president and also voted for a national assembly that makes decisions? Who chose Al Zahar? Hamas has no right to confiscate this choice, declare itself sole custodian of Palestinians and furthermore divorce the issue from the Arab world in order to declare Palestine the property of some amorphous "Muslim World". Young Muslim jihadists will take this to mean that they can launch rockets at Israeli soldiers and at Israel. Then what? Is Mr. Al Zahar prepared to abort the entire Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and deprive Gazans dreaming a little free air, freedom of movements, end of checkpoints, air raids, killings, arbitrary arrests and unemployment? What is worse is that Al Zahar also pledged to "continuing" the armed struggle in the West Bank once the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza is complete. Armed struggle? Which armed struggle? If attacked by rockets or suicide bombers Israel does not even have to reenter Gaza. It will crush it from the air and seal its sea and land borders. Read the whole thing.