One could hardly ask for a more eloquently elucidating description of what Hamas’ intentions are toward Israel than the videos (partial transcripts below) that appeared just recently on the Hamas website (from Palestine Media Watch: PMW. 2.17.06)
Hamas Video: We will drink the blood of the Jews
Just weeks after its electoral victory, the Hamas website presented the parting video messages of two Hamas suicide terrorists. One message was for Jews, whose blood Hamas promises to drink.
“My message to the loathed Jews is that there is no god but Allah, we will chase you everywhere! We are a nation that drinks blood, and we know that there is no blood better than the blood of Jews. We will not leave you alone until we have quenched our thirst with your blood, and our children's thirst with your blood. We will not leave until you leave the Muslim countries.”
“In the name of Allah, we will destroy you, blow you up, take revenge against you, purify the land of you, pigs that have defiled our country... This operation is revenge against the sons of monkeys and pigs. (PMW, 2.17.06)
Armed Struggle until Destruction of Israel
In a video posted on the Hamas website in December,2005, the commander of the terrorist wing of Hamas in North Gaza, Raed Said Hussein Saad (Abu Muadh), made clear that Hamas would continue fighting until not “one inch of our holy land is in the hands of the Jews.” To make clear that he was talking about the destruction of Israel, as opposed to simply the West Bank, he said, “Our flag will fly on the minarets of Jerusalem, and the walls of Acre, and [in] the quarters of Haifa” - all of these are Israeli cities.
“We succeeded, with Allah's grace, to raise an ideological generation that loves death like our enemies love life. We will not abandon the way of Jihad and Shahada [Martyrdom] as long as one inch of our holy land is in the hands of the Jews.
“A day will come when our flag will fly above all the quarters of our land. Our flag will fly on the minarets of Jerusalem, and the walls of Acre, and [in] the quarters of Haifa.”
[Raed Said Hussein Saad (Abu Muadh), Commander, North Gaza, Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas website, December 12, 2005]
And another Hamas field commander, Muhammed Deif leaves no room for doubt:
“Without this Jihad, this effort, this forbearance and fighting on the frontier, Gaza wouldn't have been liberated. I pray to [Allah] to assist us and to assist you in liberating Jerusalem, the West Bank, Acre, Haifa, Jaffa, Safed, Nazareth, Ashkelon, and the whole of Palestine.”
[Hamas websites, August & October 2005. Acre, Haifa, Jaffa, Safed, Nazareth and Ashkelon are wholly within the pre-1967 borders of Israel - DML]
1.) Goldhagen, Daniel, “A manifesto for murder,” Los Angeles Times, 2.5.06; and cf. also Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, Center for Special Studies, Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center Newsletter various publications for general information and history about Hamas and Hamas terrorist leaders (and there articles by Reuben Erlich and others).
2.) For translations of Moslem historians who exalt in Islam’s trans-continental carnage and sword-point conversions, see Andrew G. Bostom’s The Legacy of Jihad. For a modern summary of the bloody and almost genocidal history of Islamic jihad, read the arabophile Sir John Bagot Glubb’s The Great Arab Conquests, & The Great Arab Empires.
3.) Following the 6-day war, when Israel decided to not annex the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the naïve hope that it would soon return these territories to Jordan and Egypt in the context of peace treaties, Jordanian law was officially maintained and government and social service institutions, including many charity organizations, were allowed to continue their operations under Jordanian law. The Committee for Aid to Orphans and Prisoners and the Islamic Aid society were both shut down by Israel in 1995-6 when it could be legally proven that they were funnelling millions of dollars to Hamas.
4.) In Great Britain - The Palestine Relief and Development Fund (Interpal); in the U.S.A. - the Holy Land Foundation; in Germany - the Al Aqsa Foundation, with branches in Belgium and Holland; and in France - Comite de Bienfaisance et Solidarite avec la Palestine. In addition the Muslim Aid society and the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) operate widely in the EU, UK and USA.
5.) Bedein, David, “Mortar Attacks on Israel from UN Safe Haven,” FrontPage Magazine, 10.4.04
6.) ADL “Recent attacks against Israel,” 1/24/06; and cf. also IMRA : Thu, 8 Jan 2004, email@example.com; and cf. also Brown, Nathan, Palestinian Politics; and Meir-Levi, David, “the Missing Peace is Missing Pieces,” FrontPage Magazine, 11.24.04
7.) Hoffer, Yvette, “HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement)” at firstname.lastname@example.org, 2.6.06
8.) Meir-Levi, David, “The Missing Peace is Missing Pieces,” FrontPage Magazine, 11.24.04
9.) Devi, Sharmila, “Charismatic Islamist whose hard line stance won him a popular following,” Financial Times (UK) 3.23.04
10.) This and much of the following text is compiled from information available through CAMERA (www.camera.org), MEMRI (www.MEMRI.org), PMW.org, and Israeli government websites. And note, especially, on June 8, 1974, the Palestinian National Council - which was transformed (along with the PLO) into the Palestinian Authority by the Oslo Accords on 9/13/1993- adopted a resolution outlining a 10-step plan for the phased destruction of Israel. According to this plan, the Palestinians would first establish a state on any land vacated by Israel as a result of a “peace” agreement, international pressure or war. From this rump state, the Palestinians would then mobilize a general Arab assault on a far less defensible Israel.
The 1974 decision became known as the “Phased Plan,” and has been invoked by Arafat on numerous occasions since his signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.
11.) CNN.com, “Hamas leader killed in Israeli air strike,” 4.17.04
12.) Barksy, Yehudit, “The New Leadership of Hamas: A Profile of Khalid Al-Mish'al,” American Jewish Committee, May, 2004.
13.) PA Television, recorded by Pierre Rehov, “Trojan Horse” (DVD, 6,2004)
14.) Ehrenfeld, Rachel and Lappen, Alyssa, “The Nightmare of Hamastan,” FrontPage Magazine, 10.31.05; Howeidy, Amira, “What Truce?.” Al-Ahram Weekly Online (Cairo): 30 Jan. - 5 Feb. 2003 (Issue No. 623): http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2003/623/eg4.htm ; and cf. supra note #6.
15.) “HAMAS is a militant offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood…a terrorist organization that espouses an extremist Islamic fundamentalist ideology, calling for the total destruction of the State of Israel. “ www.ustreas.gov/press/releases/po841.htm (1995, 1996, 2001)
16.) MacKinnon, Mark, “Hamas separate classes for boys and girls per Shari’a law,” Globe and Mail (Canada), 1/28/06
17.) Ibid, and MEMRI at http://www.memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1024
18.) Supra #14, and cf. also Jewish Community Relations Council, San Francisco, “Hamas: Backgrounder” 2.2006
19.) http://memri.org/bin/opnener.cgi?Page=archives&ID=SP47903, Feb. 8, 2003; and cf. also Stakelbeck, Eric, “Hamas in America,” New York Sun, 9.28.04
20.) Pipes, Daniel, “Hamas vs. the United States,” FrontPage Magazine, 5/3/05
21.) Cf. www.intelligence.org.il/eng/dec_m.htm, and also The Kuwaiti Al-Watan, 6/11/03 and Lebanon’s Filastin al-Muslima, July, 2003.
22.) Hamas Demands the Return of Seville Spain, by “Rail against the monsters,” 1/5/06, http://thunderbay.indymedia.org/news/2006/01/22191.php
23.) Carter, Jimmy, “Don’t Punish the Palestinians,” Washington Post, 2.20.06
24.) Jones, Ryan, “Terrorist nominated as new PA prime minister” Jerusalem News Wire, 2/20/2006.
25.) Honest Reporting, “Hamas’ new Pragmatist,” 2/20/06; and cf. also “Forced to deal with Hamas, U.S. and allies walk Tight rope” USA Today, editorial 2.20.06; and Erlanger, Steven, “Israel Suspends Tax Money Flow to Palestinians,” NY Times, 2/20/06
26.) There is one non-Arab exception in the Middle East. The leaders of the Israeli “Irgun,” considered by many to be a terrorist gang, were incorporated peacefully in to the newly emergent Israeli government in 1948. The Irgun rank and file fighters were disbanded, and many of their officers incorporated into the IDF. Menahem Begin, the organization’s supreme leader, became a member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), went on to become Prime Minister, and was the first Israeli leader to make peace with an Arab country: Egypt, 1979.
27.) Hornik, David, “Terror takes Office,” FrontPage Magazine, 2/20/06; and Mitnick, Joshua, “Israel halts funding to Palestinians,” The Washington Times, 2/20/06.