A new political document should shatter any remaining illusions.
Illusions in the Middle East die hard. However, with the publication of Hamas’ new political document, there shouldn’t be any doubt about the motives of this Muslim Brotherhood organization. The western press continues to assert that Hamas is “moderating” its views, but the document itself offers a different picture.
The main points of the new political document are:
- Reliance on Islam as the sole source of authority;
- Denial of the Jewish right to self-determination in the Land of Israel;
- Conferral of a sacred Islamic character on all of Palestine;
- An armed struggle to liberate Palestine is legitimate and must continue.
In the last year, Hamas has altered the wording in many of its public statements to seem accommodating. Presumably naiveté in the West has given it leverage at the U.N. and as a legitimate political actor on…
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