Creative Destruction

April 9, 2006

Hamas, Israel, and Palestine

Filed under: International Politics — Adam Gurri @ 4:14 pm

I'd like to look at a couple of recent developments in this ongoing conflict.

First, European countries and the United States have started rolling back monetary aid to Palestine.  The condition that they are setting is that the Hamas-controlled government renounce violence and recognize the nation of Israel.

Some have argued that this is tantamount to blackmail, but I must say I find that notion peculiar.  Are we supposed to provide funds for Palestine unconditionally?  They are free to do as they please, but we are also free to demonstrate that we do not support  a government run by an openly extremist party.

Second, a recent Israeli strike in the Gaza strip on areas that had been firing rockets into southern Israel for weeks now, apparently.

It seems as though the tenous balance is tipping yet again, if that balance ever really existed in the first place. 

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3 Comments »

  1. The argument Pro-Palestine folks usually make in favor of giving money to Hamas is that not giving money is the same as refusing to acknowledge the democratic will of the Palestinian people. Makes no sense.

    The democratic will of the Palestinian people:
    “Israel must be destroyed”
    Europe and US:
    “No money for that“.

    I have to rant about something that is old news(that still angers me… it’s so pathetic)

    The Finnish Foreign Ministry issued a press release on Wednesday evening, which explained that according to EU guidelines, restraint must be practiced in exporting defence material to areas of conflict.

    Poison gas detectors. God damn poison gas detectors. Fuck you, FM Tuomioja.

    BTW, the excuse is patently false.

    Perhaps Pro-Israel folks like me (I’m in the minority here for that, btw) sometimes call our opponents Anti-Semites too easily, but when you have a guy that has compared actions of Israel to those of Nazis (and Sharon a Nazi, of course), and torpedoes a deal to sell passive counter-measures to chemical and biological weapons to Israel, then I will maintain the belief that there is a very real problem of Anti-Semitism in Europe (part of it is probably simple pragmatic appeasement and good dhimmitude, but still).

    Comment by Tuomas — April 9, 2006 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, it would seem to me that exporting guns would be one thing, while exporting tools for detecting gas, or land mines, or anything of that sort–would be downright humanitarian.

    This conflict is a strange one, in that by all accounts, you would think it would be considered a small territorial dispute among many bigger problems in the Middle East.

    Yet it always seems to get a kind of attention that I find perplexing.

    Comment by Adam Gurri — April 9, 2006 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  3. Ayaan Hirsi Ali (whom I adore) has said:

    … And suddenly we hated Israel with a passion. We didn’t even know where Israel was. I was 16, and I had never seen an Israeli, but we hated them because it was ‘Muslim’ to hate them.

    (Now to sleep, time-zones…)

    Comment by Tuomas — April 9, 2006 @ 8:11 pm | Reply


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