In praise of Hamas (for evolution-challenged people) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 27.10.07 | 15:31 (IST)

    Many non-technical people cannot conceive of changes in the world, especially those driven by enviromental pressures. But change is one of the constants in our existence, and everything else's too. Hamas has been changing all along, as a result of pressure. At the initial post-Oslo period they refused to get involved in the PA which in their mind was a creation of Israel. They didn't run in the 1995, 1996, 2005 elections. But in 2006 they saw the light and ran (and even won). A change! Can't be! May be it was a mistake? Maybe. Hamas formed a Hamas government after their victory. It was boycotted by the world. So in 2007 they formed a Unity Government, allowing Abbas to negotiate with Israel, and agreeing to put the deal to a referendum. A change! Can't be! Well, may be it was a mistake? Maybe. While in the past Hamas only agreed to a 10 year hudna instead of a peace treaty, they already started talking about a 2 state solution. What would they have done if the peace treaty were to be approved in a referendum, and with a provision that a party not accepting it would not be able to participate in politics? Not hard to predict, except for people who can?t conceive of evolutionary changes. As a counter-argument, the evolution-challenged use the Hamas Charter nonsense. It was representative of Hamas positions when it was written (1988). The written word does not change constantly. The Torah never changes, but its interpretation changed radically, enough for Moses not to understand anything Rabbi Akiva was saying (as in the Talmudic story). Think of a more recent example. The PLO had a dangerous charter. But it was CHANGED after the Oslo deal. Once you have a peace deal you know what to changed the Charter into. Before that you cannot change it.

    from the article: ANALYSIS: Israel's real intention behind sanctions on Gaza Strip
    First published 00:00 26.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 26.10.07
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