Sunday, September 05, 2010

4-Sep-10: Memo to Baroness Ashton - be careful what you wish for

The London-based newspaper Al-Hayat does a major service to anyone wanting to understand the goals of the jihadist terror organization Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip with an iron fist.

The paper quotes Hamas politbureau member and occasional spokesman Azat al-Ghashek as praising the Hamas terror attack this week in which four civilian Israelis, one of them a woman in the ninth month of pregnancy, were shot and then individually executed at close range.

"Hurting Zionist settlers is a natural thing… they now constitute an actual army, in the full sense of the word. They have more than a half a million automatic weapons, in addition to the basic protection granted them by the occupation army," the Hamas apparatchik said. The deadly attack proves the Palestinian people still desire to battle "the Zionist enemy", he is quoted saying.

Whatever the jihadists may have intended, the interview proves something quite different, and it's this. Supporting Hamas by defending its demands is to align yourself with the most vicious of Islamicist thugs. If you accept that Hamas argument that ordinary civilians are legitimate targets for ambushes by Hamas gunmen, then you are the enemy of an entire society: Israeli society.

We Israelis recognize the mortal threat that having a jihadist regime on our southern doorstep means, even if people from outside the region don't or pretend not to. Statements like today's help to clarify matters for anyone in doubt, or for those who have forgotten what Hamas stands for.

When Baroness Ashton who heads the EU's foreign ministry announced her plan to go visit the Gaza Strip as a guest of the same thuggish Hamas regime, she was quoted in July reiterating a call for a complete opening of the Gaza Strip's borders with Egypt and Israel in order to ensure what she called "the flow of people and goods in both directions. The people of Gaza should be able to lead a normal life."

Ms Ashton needs to be called to account for her politically correct but factually wrong wish. It's pollyannish to the point of imbecility (given the amount of political and strategic data to which a woman in her privileged position has access) to pretend that "the people of Gaza should be able to lead a normal life". The normal life the people of Gaza want to live, as articulated by the voices like that of Azat al-Ghashek who speak for their ruling regime, involves murder on a scale limited only by their access to weaponry and military technology.

As the intended targets of that desire to murder, we Israelis believe the non-violent steps (like a blockade and a security barrier that were put in place with the full agreement of the EU) taken by our government to frustrate the wishes of the al-Ghasheks and their useful-idiot supporters (among them the appalling British politican Galloway) are justified, logical and essential for now and until the jihadists are permanently removed.

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