First, Hamas is not just a national terrorist organization. It is the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has fought against Arab regimes for fifty years. The Brotherhood assassinated Egypt’s Anwar Sadat for making peace with Israel. It has just made startling gains in Egyptian elections.
The Muslim Brotherhood pursues the classic Communist/Fascist strategy of combining violence with a “peaceful” political front. Appeasement minded Westerners are always happy to talk with the political front, for fear of the violent one. But they are of course the same dictatorial organization, with an world imperialist agenda.Second, any peaceful action by Hamas will be purely temporary and tactical. This has already been proclaimed by Hamas leaders.Third, the broader international threat today is “the political participation of the Muslim Brotherhood … in other Arab and Muslim countries.” The Muslim Brotherhood may be able to take power in Jordan and Egypt, thereby destabilizing the entire Middle East.
(This is not even dealing with the problem of Iran, which is Khomeinist and Shiite, different from the Muslim Brotherhood.)
The possibility of attacks on Israel by Fatah members is currently the Israel Defense Forces’ main concern. The army, nevertheless, is also preparing for possible revenge attacks by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine following Israel’s removal of five senior PFLP members from the Jericho jail on Tuesday. . HT: IRIS Blog.