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Yes, We Can Trust Hamas

Jimmy Carter is getting more abuse on his publicity tour for his latest book, “We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land.” He argues that yes, Hamas can be trusted, and then cites their commitment to the last cease-fire — during which time they nearly completed a tunnel into Israel.

Surprisingly, Carter is right. Hamas can be trusted to keep their word. What he’s wrong about is which words Hamas can be trusted to uphold.

The words Hamas can be trusted to keep can be found in its charter.  That is where it spells out its purpose, its core beliefs, and its principles.

Article Eleven:

The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. Neither a single Arab country nor all Arab countries, neither any king or president, nor all the kings and presidents, neither any organization nor all of them, be they Palestinian or Arab, possess the right to do that. Palestine is an Islamic Waqf land consecrated for Muslim generations until Judgement Day. This being so, who could claim to have the right to represent Muslim generations till Judgement Day?

This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Muslims have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Muslims consecrated these lands to Muslim generations till the Day of Judgement.

That’s pretty simple. Israel has no place; it needs to be abolished and replaced with an Islamist Palestine governed by Sharia law.

 Article Thirteen:

Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement. Abusing any part of Palestine is abuse directed against part of religion. Nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its religion.

 …

Now and then the call goes out for the convening of an international conference to look for ways of solving the (Palestinian) question. Some accept, others reject the idea, for this or other reason, with one stipulation or more for consent to convening the conference and participating in it. Knowing the parties constituting the conference, their past and present attitudes towards Muslim problems, the Islamic Resistance Movement does not consider these conferences capable of realising the demands, restoring the rights or doing justice to the oppressed. These conferences are only ways of setting the infidels in the land of the Muslims as arbitraters. When did the infidels do justice to the believers?

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There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.

Again, pretty simple. No negotiations, no settlements. To do so is an affront against Allah. No, the only solution is armed struggle. Or, more briefly, war.

Hamas spells out exactly what it wants to achieve and how it intends to achieve it, yet so many allegedly intelligent people willingly blind themselves to that and accept Hamas’s propaganda ploys at face value. Worse, they demand that we, too, put on blinders.

Jimmy Carter has to be the Islamists’ favorite American friend. There is no other with his credentials.

Toward the end of his one term, there was a novelty song titled “President Carter, Go Back To Your Peanut Farm.” Twenty-eight years later, it’s clearer than ever that the world would be a better place if he had done just that.



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