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Hamas Win-Win

8 June 2005

By Yisrael Ne'eman

Call it chaos or anarchy, whatever – it is the Gaza Strip. Massively corrupt, totally inefficient and with little popular support the secular Fatah led Palestinian Authority is expected to enforce law and order. On the other hand, the Islamic Resistance Movement, better known as Hamas, provides schools, welfare, social services and a potent ideology for future "redemption". Hamas and its armed resistance gives the impoverished Gazans hope, false as it may be - and if not in this world, then in the next.

Yesterday, as Kassam rockets fell in the Katif Bloc (killing two Palestinians and a Chinese worker) and Sderot, the Hebrew daily Haaretz and others attributed the violence to the upcoming postponed Palestinian elections. PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) "convinced" his legal system not to open the polls in the summer but to do so after the Israeli Gaza and Northern Samaria Disengagement. He believes, as does the US, Europe and many in Israel, that he will shore up the position of his secular Fatah faction when he can "prove" that his leadership was responsible for the Israeli withdrawal.

All those mentioned above and the Israeli media for the most part (led by Haaretz) believe the Palestinians, including Hamas and the Jihad, are in favor of a quiet, orderly Israeli withdrawal and that any shells being fired are only an expression of anger at Abu Mazen for canceling the summer elections.

In the previous balloting this spring, Hamas came out the winner and can be expected to continue this trend in the future. Hamas has two enemies; Israel and the unrepentantly corrupt PA (and not necessarily in that order). The average Palestinian may blame Israel publicly for his woes, but the misery of his everyday life he attributes to the Palestinian Authority. The PA appointed courts are seen as conspiring with Abbas & Co. (an Israeli-American lackey) to ensure a Fatah victory.

Abbas is to arrive in Gaza today in an effort to stem the Kassam rocket attacks and guarantee quiet during the Disengagement. His PA police are virtually useless. When, on occasion, they succeed in halting a terror attack or uncovering a tunnel crossing from Sinai into Rafiah they are condemned as collaborators with Israel. In attempting to halt a rocket attack against Israel the population turns on them in rage forcing them from the neighborhood launch areas. Hamas portrays the PA police as "collaborators".

Contrary to popular media hype and supposed analysis, the Hamas and the young guard rebellious Fatah factions (Abbas adversaries) oppose the Disengagement, preferring to watch Israel sink into the quagmire of a bi-national state while under fire and suffering condemnations by the UN, Europe and the Left in general.

It is beneath the dignity of Hamas & Assoc. not to attack Israel in every direction during the upcoming Disengagement. They must prove themselves as the real "freedom fighters", blasting away at Israel and the PA. One can expect a Disengagement under fire with Hamas taking credit for forcing Israel to flee.

Let none forget, the Hamas is a faction of the universal Moslem Brotherhood, believing in the destruction of the State of Israel and the Jewish People as Article 7 of the Hamas covenant attests: "The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (Killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslem, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him." This is just one step on the road to Islamic world domination. At the moment Hamas is in a win-win situation as they will get the credit for Israel's withdrawal and can be expected to win the elections.

The real game will only begin afterwards once Hamas officially controls Gaza with no Fatah façade to obscure the true picture. Whether Hamas plays it coy like the Hizbollah, with an occasional shelling or decides on an all out conflict remains to be seen.