New Tactic by Hamas: Using Human Beings to Fuel the Fire
JNS.org – The risk of the “March of Return” organized by Hamas last Friday is that of a new kind of mass terrorism and a new kind of war.
The whole world knows that Hamas’ foremost aim, together with the death of the Jews and the conquest of the West, is to set the Middle East aflame. Yet despite Hamas’ provocative action, the United Nations again blamed Israel — its favorite sport.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres supports the call for an international inquiry into the march. He adheres to the traditional — and wrong — idea that Israel used disproportionate force in countering the mass demonstrations on its border, while promoting the idea that it killed Palestinians who marched “peacefully.” And European Union official Federica Mogherini argued that the civil liberties of the protesters, armed with rocks and Molotov cocktails, must be respected. Whose liberties? Those of the Islamist dictators of Gaza who are killing Jews?
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, a so-called human-rights champion — whose country holds the title of being the world’s biggest state sponsor of international terrorism — immediately presented himself as Hamas’ defender by saying, “The Zionist tyrants murder peaceful Palestinian protesters, whose land they have stolen, as they march to escape their cruel and inhuman apartheid bondage.”
Taking to the stage with him was that other proponent of human rights, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, whose army has almost concluded its ethnic cleansing of the Kurdish region of Afrin in Northern Syria.
Hamas is a terrorist organization. Anyone who dares to oppose it is executed. The marchers — pushed towards the border with Israel en masse — had members of the armed militia of Hamas in their midst. Evidence came in the form of the 10 terrorists killed attacking the border fence.
Hamas took power in 2007 by overthrowing Fatah. The Israelis withdrew every last Jew from the Gaza Strip, leaving Gaza residents masters of the agricultural and industrial facilities left behind, which were subsequently destroyed, often razed to the ground. Hamas doesn’t care about the welfare of its people; it cares about their obedience in fighting the Jews.
Hamas engages only in warfare. Its charter sees in “world Zionism” the origin of all evil, citing the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It encourages killing the Jews, stating, “Allah is its goal, the prophet is its model, the Koran is its constitution, jihad is its path, and death for the sake of Allah is its most coveted desire.” Hamas has invested the major part of its millions of dollars in donations from Iran, Qatar, and other sympathizers in building missiles and tunnels.
Gaza’s perennial humanitarian crisis would not exist if those funds had gone into businesses and social structures. Instead, Hamas financed the terrorist enterprise that has killed thousands in Israel.
Israel tried to continue to allow help for and trade with the population. But, of course, the border is closed to terrorism. Hamas is only interested in using its exasperated population for terrorist ends, not for any real progress.
After trying in vain to terrorize Israel with the Second Intifada, Hamas moved to the strategy of using missiles against citizens in the south. Only the Iron Dome defense system saved Israelis from a massacre.
The timing of the symbolic march last Friday was not lost on an Israeli populace that was preparing for Passover — especially at a time when Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is ill and weak, and competition for his job is heating up. It also came at a time when the Arab world is trying to conform to a new course inaugurated by the Trump administration in which the US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
It is no coincidence that Hamas wants to continue its demonstrations until May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s independence — and the proposed transfer of the embassy. At the border during those “pacifist” demonstrations, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh hurled death threats and calls for Israel’s destruction. He also promised the conquest of Israel, in order to give it to the Palestinian “refugees” and their descendants — people Hamas does not allow to escape from what has become a conceptual ghetto in Gaza.
The crowds who marched to the border did so for “the right of return” — a strategic move that allies Hamas with the most extreme Palestinian position. Israel will no longer exist if such a “right of return” happens.
Hamas only wants death and destruction. It is for this reason that Israel cannot allow Hamas to penetrate its security fence, especially when its supporters advance by burning tires and throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails. Last week, Hamas launched human missiles. Escalation will come, especially if the United Nations and the Arab world continue to do nothing but fire off misnomers and blame Israel.
Journalist Fiamma Nirenstein was a member of the Italian Parliament (2008-13), where she served as vice president of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the Chamber of Deputies, served in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and established and chaired the Committee for the Inquiry Into Anti-Semitism. A founding member of the international Friends of Israel Initiative, she has written 13 books, including Israel Is Us (2009). Currently, she is a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. Partial translation by Amy Rosenthal.