Hamas Will Never Change

Diplomats in the United States and all over Europe are demanding that Hamas, winner of last week’s Palestinian elections, disarm and recognize Israel’s right to exist as the "price" for continued aid. President Bush said so in Tuesday’s State of the Union address: "…the leaders of Hamas must recognize Israel, disarm, reject terrorism, and work for lasting peace."

But what if Hamas agrees to those conditions — does any sane person think they would mean it? Why should we give this murderous band of Islamofascists even one penny no matter what empty words they speak under pressure? From their founding until this very moment Hamas has consistently excelled at only one thing — killing Jews. (It’s charter states: "The solution of the problem (Israel) will only take place by holy war.")

Predictably, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton don’t have a problem giving money to Hamas or negotiating with them. Carter says we could send the money to the United Nations, which then could pass it to Hamas, thus getting around our laws that prohibit subsidizing terrorist groups. Clinton had this to say: "One of the politically correct things in American politics…is we just don’t talk to some people that we don’t like, particularly if they ever killed anybody in a way that we hate." Clinton thinks America is silly because we actually have moral qualms about negotiating with people who strap on bomb belts and blow up Israeli families having lunch.

Some liberals presume that because Hamas is now in a position of real political power — with the responsibility to govern — they will abandon their terrorist principles in order to maintain that power. (Of course, the Left thinks this way because the abandonment of principle in order to retain power is what they would do.)

Others assure us Hamas is only throwing "red meat" to its base and that when the reality of Israel’s existence sets in it will abandon any grandiose notions of "driving the Jews into the sea" and adopt a productive pragmatism, which will allow it to govern along side a Jewish state. But such assertions are unfounded. Although it was elected democratically, it will not govern that way. Hamas says it takes its orders not from its people or from any Constitution, but from the Koran — the same text Palestinians point to as justification for terrorist tactics against Jews.

Before we deceive ourselves about the Hamas agenda, let’s listen to their leader, Khaled Mashal, who, in the wake of the election victory, said this: "We will not agree to any kind of disregard of our right to Jerusalem." (Notice he isn’t asking for half of Jerusalem.) "We are committed to the right of return." The "right of return" is Palestinian-speak for the flooding of Israel with millions of Palestinians who have never lived one day in Israel to demographically swamp the Jewish nation. There are currently about 5 million Jews living in Israel. There are anywhere from 4 to 7 million Palestinian "refugees" who would return to Israel if given the chance. You do the math.

In order to get their hands on U.S. and European money, Hamas may say all sorts of things in the weeks ahead that diplomats will grab onto as evidence of "moderation." It will soon make public a "peace initiative," which, in part, offers Israel a 10-year renewable cease-fire. But senior Hamas leaders have also blatantly stated that olive branches will only be extended in order to gain international aid and buy time to gather resources and consolidate a powerbase, and that they will never give up on their ultimate goal of destroying Israel.

While Hamas may say some things that will have Western leaders wondering if the terrorist group isn’t "someone we can work with," Hamas will never change — their goal is the destruction of Israel, their top ally is Iran; and, ultimately, they want to celebrate our destruction, too.