By Stuart Littlewood –
Can the resistance exploit the fake talks, re-position itself and finally “come good”?
Hamas “vows to step up attacks on Israel”, say reports in the western media.
Reading further, we learn that this escalation is either “a natural response to the crimes of the occupation” or a spiteful reaction to being left out of the talks.
Either way, Hamas surely knows better than to let such crude impressions be formed.
This is their golden opportunity. The eyes and ears of the world are focused on the Israel problem, and will re-focus every two weeks.
Instead of hurling threats of more violence, which only serve to reinforce opinion that Hamas is a terrorist organization, the words and deeds of the resistance movement should be carefully chosen to harmonize with the West’s values and beliefs.
This is Hamas’s chance to ‘educate’ the rest of the world as to the truth about the evil that stalks the Holy Land. It is perhaps a final window of opportunity to define the massive, decades-old injustice accurately.
For example, Hamas could have said: “Israel doesn’t have a monopoly on security and we Palestinians are equally entitled to feel safe… Armed Jewish squatters terrorize Palestinian families, menace our children, damage crops, poison our water and often cause fatal harm… Therefore any armed squatter on Palestinian soil risks the same fate as an armed Palestinian found in Israel.”
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