The Palestinians have elected the Islamic terrorist (not "militant") group Hamas to an overwhelming majority in their legislature, thus further radicalizing the Palestinian para-state.
Hamas, you'll recall, is the Palestinian terrorist organization that explicitly and unapologetically calls for the destruction of Israel in its charter, saying, among other things:
Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.and,
There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.
Thus, the Palestinian people have officially ratified as their will that they will be governed by those who seek the destruction of Israel and the creation of a jihadist Pan-Islamic theocracy in the Middle East.
In the mainstream media, there has already arisen a chorus of Western Pollyannas who opine that, now that Hamas has the burden of governance, they will "moderate" their stance towards Israel. The above referenced Reuters story described unnamed Arab commentators as predicting "that pragmatism would eventually oblige Hamas to soften its position".
However, the leadership of Hamas itself gives no indication of this alleged "moderation". Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said (Via the invaluable Jihad Watch site):
"We have no peace process," he said. "We are not going to mislead our people to tell them we are waiting, meeting, for a peace process that is nothing."
In case that wasn't clear enough, another Hamas leader promised that they would "complete the liberation of other parts of Palestine". (Also via Jihad Watch.) Any doubts as to what that means?
In an unintendedly ironic display of fatuity, Time Magazine opened it's story on the Hamas victory by saying:
Dealing with Israel—in either sense of that term—is not a priority for Hamas right now, nor will it be for some time to come.
I'm sure that will console the Israelis: "Don't worry, Israel, Hamas isn't going to try to drive you into the sea now. They have to consolidate their power and establish order in Palestine first."
Perhaps the most realistically clear view of what the terrorist victory means comes from this story from CNS:
Hamas' strong showing in Palestinian parliamentary elections will likely lead to an all-out war with Israel, a leading expert here said on Thursday...
Hamas itself will now have to make a choice, said [Dr. Ely] Karmon. It must either change its ideology and charter completely and negotiate with Israel; or, as it declared both before and after the elections, it will continue its armed struggle against the Jewish state, said Karmon.
In the second event, there is likely to be an "all-out war with Israel," said Karmon.
But given its new political power, Hamas will not have to rely on terrorism alone to fight Israel, Karmon said.
Hamas will have some 50,000 Palestinian Authority security forces at its disposal, Karmon said, as Hamas would be expected to install its own people as commanders of the army.
This election has put the Palestinians on a direct course for an armed campaign against Israel. And it has put the means to wage such a campaign in the hands of the terrorists. The problem for the Palestians is that the Israelis are, militarily, vastly superior. They can't win such a fight.
Or can they?
Overlooked by many is the fact that Hamas is the ally and, many experts would say, the client of Iran. The Iranians are energetically seeking, and may already have, nuclear weapons. Make no mistake, if Hamas initiates another campaign against Israel, and the Iranians have The Bomb, one way or another it will be used against Israel. Either the Iranians will use it themselves to assist their Muslim brothers, or they will supply one to Hamas for their use.
Either way, Israel is destroyed. And, either way, so are the Palestinians. And Iran sweeps in to establish a Sharia theocratic state, and the Middle East descends into the 9th century. And the Holy Land, as Christians understand it, is once again cut off. Sound familiar?
I have always wanted to visit the Holy Land, but have put it off in recent years because I thought it was too risky to travel there. I'm beginning to think I might want to get over there soon. Barring divine intervention, I don't see how things there aren't going to get much, much worse.