Cheat-Seeking Missles

Thursday, February 16, 2006

A Kinder, Gentler Hamas?

Hamas is working on a new charter. One man close to the process is quoted in the Jerusalem Post:
"All that nonsense [in the current charter] about The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and conspiracy theories - all that rubbish will be out. It should have never been there in the first place."
So are we going to see a fundamentally better Hamas, ready for prime-time respectability, thanks to its new international responsibilities? Uh ... no.

First, the new charter will actually take longer to get written exactly because of Hamas' new international role. They wouldn't want to look like they were being pushed around by the West, would they?

And second, there's that troublesome little matter that the new charter, just like the old one, calls for the destruction of Israel. Not Jews, mind you, no the new Hamas has no problem with Jews.

"The charter doesn't speak about the Jews," insisted Jamila Shanty ... the faction's highest-ranking woman. "It says we don't have a problem with the Jews," she told the Post. "Our problem is with the Israelis who took our land."

Nice, but it wouldn't make much difference to the Jews of Israel, were Hamas to succeed in its Charter's ambitions. Dead Jew or Dead Israeli, dead is dead.