Good article by Danny Rubinstein - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Alofs
    • 12.06.07 | 18:43 (IDT)

    After its clear election victory the Hamas movement warned, that if it would not get a fair chance to govern, more radical Al-Qaeida-like extremists would be ready to take over if it would fall. It reflects Yasir Arafat's warning of the beginning of the 1990's, that if Israel would not want to deal with him, he would have to deal with Hamas. For Hamas Islam and the Palestinian nation are closely intertwined. It is a Palestinian resistance movement with an islamic character. Those who paint Hamas in the same corner as Bin Laden's movement are either ignorant or determined to deprive the Palestinians of their national identity. The jihadists, who are trying to hijack the Palestinian national movement only care about the brotherhood of moslems. Is this what Israel wants? Bin Laden's students on its doorstep? If so, it plays with fire. If not, then it should start dealing with the Palestinian government and offer hope for a political solution.

    from the article: In the name of Islam?
    First published 00:00 12.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.06.07
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