Fooling many of the people much of the time

“Hamas Drops Call for Israel’s Destruction,” headlined The Wall Street Journal last week. The New York Times told its readers: “Hamas Moderates Talk on Israel.” And the United Kingdom’s The Guardian concluded that Hamas had produced a document likely to “ease peace process.”

All this is big news — or would be if it were true. But it’s not. Not even close. What it is instead: more evidence that, when it comes to Islamists, too many journalists are losing what George Orwell called the “constant struggle” to see “what is in front of one’s nose.”

To understand what’s really going on, start with a few pertinent facts. Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States, Britain and the European Union. Following Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, civil war broke out between Hamas and its main rival, Fatah, headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

  • tom_billesley

    Oink, oink, flap, flap.

  • Watchman

    If you read their new document, Hamas accepts a two state solution based on the pre-1967 border with the following conditions;
    1) Both states are muslim nations operating under Shari’a law
    2) Both states have no Jews inside their borders
    3) Both states allow no Jews to be citizens
    4) Every muslim who is classed by the UNRWS as a refugee or the descendant of a refugee is allowed to return to either of those two states.
    5) The 1988 Hamas Charter is not cancelled, especially the part that calls for the genocide of Jews

  • Nic

    They (the west especialy europe) arn’t fooled at all, they know exactly what Hamas are, the only ones being fooled are the ones who think they are fooled.

    • Reader

      Well put.

      The only ones being “fooled” are the ones looking for an excuse to claim to be fooled.

  • Shebel

    I lay awake at night worrying about the fucking Palestinians.
    Why doesn’t any Muslim Country want the useless Muther fuckers. ?