Hamas Needs Moral Imagination - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Aaron
    • 11.06.10 | 20:55 (IDT)

    In WWII Germany suffered greatly, its cities bombed, 80% of citizens on the edge of malnutrition. Yet the US and allies continued to prosecute the war until Germany unconditionally surrendered. The Nazis started the war in order to recover Germany’s occupied territories of Danzig and Alsace Loraine. Hamas started a war by deliberately targeting civilians and continues in a campaign of rockets into Israel. Though it does not have the resources to build V2’s it tries to use Qassam rockets to serve the same purpose, to strike terror. Like the Nazi’s prior to WWII, Hamas’s stated goal is the return of 'all' occupied territories. In this case Israel is not asking for unconditional surrender, but simply an end to the attacks. Hamas’s purpose for the flotilla was never to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, but to open the doors to subsequent arms shipments. The current Turkish government’s purpose for the flotilla was never to help the Palestinians, but to create a sensation so that they could call for early elections and win an even greater majority. If Hamas’s true goal was helping the Palestinian people than Hamas should sit down with the Israeli government and come to an understanding. After WWII Germany gained moral imagination yet Alsace Loraine remained French, Danzig remained Polish and the Sudetenland remained Czech. Maybe it’s time for Hamas to gain the same moral imagination of Germany.

    from the article: Israel’s Greatest Loss: Its Moral Imagination
    First published 14:02 11.06.10 | Last updated 14:02 11.06.10
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