It remains to be seen what the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections will mean for Palestinians, for Israelis, and for the rest of the world. Do Palestinians endorse the ideology of Hamas, which includes Islamism and virulent anti-Semitism, or have they simply had enough of endless Fatah corruption? The absence of Arafat's popular leadership allowed his legacy of corruption to erode support for Fatah.
What's next? Will Hamas continue unchanged, or will it be forced to moderate its position as it takes on the responsibility of leadership of the Palestinian Authority? I expect to see some moderation in their statements, in order to obtain much needed foreign aid, although some people
don't have a problem giving money to terrorists:
[Jimmy] Carter, who led an 85-member international observer team from around the world organized by the 'National Democratic Institute' in partnership with 'The Carter Center,' urged the international community to directly or indirectly fund the new Palestinian Government even though it will be led by an internationally-declared foreign terror organization. "The Palestinian Government is destitute, and in desperate financial straits. I hope that support for the new government will be forthcoming," Carter said at a Jerusalem press conference.
He noted that the heavily funded Palestinian Government would run out of money at the end of next month.
If Mr. Carter is so concerned about the Palestinian people, maybe he should talk about why the Palestinian government is destitute. An era of corruption has seen international aid going to the leaders of Fatah instead of to the Palestinian people. Now the world should send more money to support terrorists? Can I hear the word accountability at least once?
Back to Hamas. As I said, I expect to hear words of moderation, but here's something
that was said today:
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the Islamic group will "complete the liberation of other parts of Palestine," But did not say which territories he was referring to or how he would go about it.
Maybe a few highlights from Hamas' charter
will clear up the meaning of this statement:
"Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."
"The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. "
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors."