Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sometimes, You Just Gotta Love Your Enemies

Palestinian terrorist organization, Hamas, stands a good chance of winning the upcoming elections for the National Council. P. David Hornik says this will make it very hard for the world's media and government to continue the lie of moral equivalence in the Middle East Conflict. From Front Page Magazine:

Unlike Fatah, Hamas doesn’t send smoothies before the public like Saeb Erekat and Hanan Ashrawi who protest their desire for peace with Israel so long as it is flooded with “refugees” and demographically dissolved. Hamas leaders don’t, like Fatah’s Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, tell Western leaders that they’d stop terrorism against Israel if they could, but first need to be “strengthened” with payoffs of millions of dollars and releases of thousands of terrorists from Israeli jails.

Instead, Hamas is more or less explicit about its aim of eradicating Israel as a religious duty.

That has not, however, prevented a recent upsurge of EU-Hamas contacts. Although the EU designated Hamas’s “military wing” a terrorist organization in 2002, at that time France argued that Hamas’s “political wing” held a potential for future peacemaking with Israel and should be kept off the blacklist. Along with hard lobbying by the United States and Israel, it took a particularly gruesome Hamas attack on a Jerusalem bus in August 2003, which killed 23, to get the EU to relent and add the “political wing” to the list as well.

Now, though, with Hamas already having won municipal elections in over one-third of the 120 PA towns since last December, even that stance is unraveling. Mohammed Ghazal, a senior Hamas representative in the West Bank, has said that “Every ten days to two weeks we have at least one meeting with a European diplomat.” Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said EU officials have discussed both municipal and “political” issues with Hamas mayors, including the putative cease-fire with Israel. And Mahmoud Zahar, Hamas’s current leader, said he had recently met “a very important adviser of the German government.”

Confirmation comes from the European side as well. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has disclosed that diplomats from his country have met twice with members of Hamas’s “political wing,” though Straw claimed Britain would not meet with top-echelon leaders of Hamas till the group gives up violence. Bob Hiensch, Holland’s ambassador to Israel, also said the EU would hold no political dialogue with Hamas till it stops violence and recognizes Israel, but did not deny that member states could be meeting with Hamas on their own.

Indeed, although EU spokeswoman Elena Peresso has stated in Brussels that the EU has reached no collective decision about changing its policy toward Hamas, Haaretz reports that the EU has already informed the U.S. of a substantial shift: EU diplomats below the rank of ambassador are now allowed to conduct talks with Hamas candidates for the Palestinian Legislative Council. This EU decision, according to Haaretz, was taken without even discussing making demands of Hamas to moderate its stance toward Israel or eschew violence.

Considering how hard it was for the EU to classify Hamas as terrorist in the first place, not to mention its great difficulty in similarly labeling Hamas’s sister-organization Hezbollah, it is clear that the reasons for its rather easy resumption of ties with Hamas go deeper.

As it becomes more and more evident that withdrawals, gestures, releases, and so on avail Israel naught, and that it is under attack by forces seeking to annihilate it in any shape, the EU’s reaction is, of course, not to give Israel more backing, but to shore up ties with the attackers. Little more can be expected of Eurabia ...

You've just got to love your enemies when they tell the truth. Hamas comes right out and says "kill the Jews" and European Union officials meet with them.

So, we know very clearly where they stand, don't we?

Just a question: Why do EU officials "meet with Hamas candidate for the Palestinian Legislative Council?"

Wouldn't that be like EU officials meeting with candidates for the US Congress? Would they bother to meet with a candidate to represent say, the East Los Angeles District in California? Think about that. As an American, if you don't live in East Los Angeles, you wouldn't have any idea who's running for that seat. But, EU officials are meeting with equivalent candidates for the Palestinian territories.

Why is Palestinian politics so important to the Euros that they would go out of their way for small time players like that?