In praise of Hamas (for evolution-challenged people) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • 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
Haaretz Headlines
Police search for the assailant behind Old City stabbing, May 2, 2016.

Suspected assailant in Old City stabbing arrested after manhunt

Assailant fled scene after stabbing ultra-Orthodox Jewish man, 60, in the chest.

Illustration: An FBI vehicle
Convert to Islam suspected in plotting Miami synagogue bombing

James Gonzalo Medina, 40, allegedly told FBI informant he wanted to bomb synagogue 'for the glory of Allah.'

02:00 03.05.16 | 0 comments
The Leshem family, in danger of losing their daughter's caregiver.
Israel to expel severely disabled girl’s caregiver

Zohar Leshem, 4, needs 24/7 supervision; Interior Ministry says Filipina’s visa can’t be extended.

03:27 03.05.16 | 1 comments
Ephraim Zevoltober, a Holocaust survivor, during a group Bar Mitzvah ceremony for Holocaust survivor

Fifty Holocaust survivors celebrate bar and bat mitzvah at Western Wall

Over 1,100 survivors have participated in similar ceremonies in the past four years.