An article in Israel National News tells us that Hamas may alter its notorious charter in view of the international pressure regarding aid, and that the Turkish government is joining in pressuring them. This spells out for us why it is vital to keep up the pressure and not insist on allowing aid for "humanitarian" reasons. It also makes it clear why it is important for Israel to maintain good relations with moderate Mulsim countries like Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, all of whom can have some leverage in taming Hamas.
The current charter cites the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and a hadith about the murder of Jews at the "end of days." It claims all of Palestine as a holy Muslim waqf. It appears that the charter changes will be cosmetic only and will not reflect a real change in Hamas ideology:
The terrorist leaders have been holding quiet meetings in hotel rooms in Beirut and Damascus to develop a more moderate document which will carry a non-anti-Semitic image.
"The whole language will be changed to political language," he said, rather than the current text which is rife with anti-Semitic statements.
...the document would still call for Israel's destruction and the creation of a Palestinian state on its land. It would, however, provide for a possible long-term cease-fire if Israel returns to the pre-1967 borders.
What they are saying in essence, is "We aren't strong enough to destroy you now. So give us a state where we can educate people to destroy Israel and gather strength. Truce now, die later." There is no reason for Israel to agree to such a "cease fire," which has been "marketed" by Hamas as their "moderate" stance.
Moderator on 02.17.06 @ 06:07 PM CST [link]