Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Uncomfortable Reality

Israel is losing the war- the messaging war. (Fortunately, messaging is a major battle, not the war itself.)  This is reflected in Cenk Uygur's response expressing an opinion held by tens of millions of Americans and more abroad:

Innocent "Palestinians?"  The tweeter to whom Uygur was replying did not mention Palestinians. This would be inconsequential were it not the primary framing of the war Tel Aviv is engaged in with Hamas.

It's a framing both prejudicial and so inaccurate that the conclusion that it is dishonest is almost inescapable. 

Mosab Hassan Yousef was raised in the West Bank as the son of one of the founders of Hamas and at one time a member of the group.. However, he became an undercover agent for Israel's Shin Bet security force, serving from 1997-2007. (Although it is difficult to determine whether he actually converted, Yousef clearly is very sympathetic to Christianity. 

He has remained extremely hostile toward Hamas and supportive of Israel. Recognizing that this war is not a struggle between Israel and the Palestinian people, he told (beginning at 4:08 of the video below) Fox News' Brian Kilmeade

You know, Hamas is not a national movement ,it's a religious movement. They don't care for nationalism. Actually, they're against nationalism. With that said, my understanding- they are using the Palestinian cause only to achieve their goal. So the long term goal, you know, transforming the Middle East and the world into an Islamic state. This is Hamas' agenda and they are not hidden, by the way.

Lately, that goal has been hidden, disappeared by both the traditional and non-traditional media, which will only extremely rarely mention "Islamic" or "Islamic fundamentalist" and never, ever utter the word "Muslim." 

It's as if Hamas selection as its immediate target the planet's one Jewish state was by accident. However (as Yousef didn't mention but undoubtedly understands well), Hamas made clear at its inception its agenda.  Its 1998 charter is called "The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement," which states "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it."

That's not Hamas obliterating it or Palestinians obliterating it. it's Islam which will obliterate it, in the name of "The Marty, Imam Hassan al-Banna,of blessed memory."  Of course, they are radical, fundamentalist Muslims, not representing all Muslims or all Palestinians. Nonetheless, if a Christian organization were to declare its intention to obliterate Iran, Saudi Arabia, or Qatar in the name of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Pope Francis, or Jesus Christ, the world would not write it off as inconsequential, merely the work of an extreme, violent wing of the religion. Everyone would be justifiably horrified.

Yet, that may not be the most significant promise of the charter. Article 27 reads

That is why, with all our appreciation for the Palestinian Liberation Organization- and what it can develop into- and without belittling its role in the Arab-Israeli conflict, we are unable to exchange the present or future Islamic Palestine with the secular idea. The Islamic nature of Palestine is part of our religion and whoever takes his religion lightly is a loser.

Loosely (but not very) translated, that would be "the future Palestine will be Islamic, will not be secular, and whatever Palestinian and/or Muslim individuals who don't accept our version of Islam better watch their back."

CNN's Jake Tapper asked Yousef "What are the leaders of Hamas like? What do they want?" Yousef at 6:01 of the video below can be seen stating

They are a religious movement. And this is what everybody is afraid to say. If Hamas were a political movement, then we can satisfy their political ambition But Hamas is a religious movement that does not believe in political borders. 

You know, they want to establish an Islamic state on the rubble of the state of Israel. They want to annihilate the Jewish people and the Jewish state. They want to kill everybody who supports Israel, then establish an Islamic state. But this is not the end because their ambition is global. They want to establish eventually an Islamic state, a global state. So this is what's on their mind.


The media needs a narrative to report a story which if told accurately and honestly, would be highly controversial. So Mosab Hassan Yousef must do what no others will do, reveal the ugly reality that this fight is not between Israel and the Palestinians but between Israel and Hamas, the latter composed of fundamentalist Muslims who "want to establish an Islamic state on the rubble of Israel." 

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