The furious insignificance of Hamas – Part III

In HAMAS on October 6, 2010 at 15:30

Many Middle East analysts point to Tehran as the power behind the Hamas throne. If the flow of Iranian money and weapons could be cut off, they believe, Hamas would wither and die.

But Hamas does not rely that heavily on Iran. It needs Iran’s weaponry and training, but it also receives substantial financial support from Qatar and other Arab states, especially Saudi Arabia, as well as from individual deep pockets throughout the Arab world. During the Hajj, for example, (the annual season for pilgrimage to Mecca, November 14-18 this year) Hamas fundraisers, including exiled leader Khaled Meshaal, descend on Mecca, meet with Muslims from all over the globe and collect millions of dollars in donations.

Other observers wonder why Iran—a Shi’a Muslim nation—is helping Sunni Hamas in the first place.

From his perspective, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gains political currency by collaborating with Hamas. He needs the respect of the Sunni world if the Shi’a are to spread their doctrine and take control of the entire Middle East. So he supports Hamas, Syria and other Sunni in addition to Shi’a Hezbollah to show the Arab world that Iran’s concern extends to all Muslims, regardless of theological differences (of course, Hezbollah receives the lion’s share; Hamas receives only token support by comparison).

Nevertheless, Iran continues to play a key role in the destabilization of the region. So does the United States.

America, out of its own kind of ignorance, keeps the conflict burning between Israelis and Palestinians by supporting the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and enabling the PA to persecute Hamas.

Between FY 2007 and 2010, the U.S. government gave the PA $392 million to train and equip its security forces, oversee construction of related infrastructure projects and develop the capacity of the Palestinian Authority. And the State Department requested another $150 million for FY 2011.

When will Washington realize that it cannot join hands with people who do not believe in liberty and personal freedom? The PA does not believe in any concept in the American Constitution. Its security forces persecute and torture people for any reason, and people end up hating the United States because they know that it supports Abu Mazen* and his forces.

Like the PA, Egypt is considered a moderate regime and is supported by the U.S. It persecuted the Muslim Brotherhood for decades, and as a result we have to deal with Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri today. People fled persecution in Egypt, and they will flee persecution in the West Bank and find a place like Somalia, Afghanistan, Chechnya or Iraq where they can express their frustration and hatred and attack the United States.

This only fuels a deadly hatred in the heart of every Hamas member. And at some point, they will uproot Abu Mazen. But Hamas will not take over the West Bank as it did Gaza.

The worst case scenario in the West Bank is that Hamas will create underground cells, launch missiles into Israel, continue to kill Israeli settlers and perhaps assassinate key Fatah and PLO leaders. They do not have the weaponry for a coup or the tunnels through which to smuggle in the weapons. And, despite a huge base of people who sympathize with them, it would be virtually impossible for Hamas to recruit thousands of members to their military wing as they did in Gaza. The Gaza phenomenon was unique. It was a crime of opportunity that is unlikely to reoccur in the West Bank.

So, do I see any hope for my people?

Today, Hamas is doing the same thing it did 15 years ago, and I expect it will continue in the same disruptive and unproductive rut indefinitely. The unholy alliance of the U.S. and the PA will ensure that hatred continues to burn and spread in the West Bank.

There are now two Palestines. And the Bible says that a house that is divided cannot stand.

While peace-brokers continue to drag the same worn cards to the table, they leave the ace out of the deck. Islam has always been the chief obstacle to peace and reconciliation.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed before on independence, self-government and other important issues. There have been truces and ceasefires. Every intervention under the sun—military, diplomatic, economic, logistic—has been tried and failed.

And as long as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Salafis are part of the equation, dialogue and compromise and agreement are impossible. The god of the Qur’an stands in the way.

There can never be dialogue with Islam because every discussion begins and ends with “God said . . .”

Only if the people of the Middle East get rid of Islam, will they be able to deal with their problems and live in peace again with one another. Otherwise, Islam will continue to be the spoiler.

* Abu Mazen is a typical Arabic honorific that means “father of Mazen.” Abbas and his wife, Amina, have three sons: Mazen, Yaser and Tareq.

  1. I can’t say I’m surprised to know that my tax money goes to help the PA. I’ve always known that in general our tax money funds many things that I don’t agree with, but I get angry when I hear the details of it. I have to remember that God is in control. Thank you for sharing this information. More Americans need to understand what is really going and stop this mentality that everyone is good at heart. We all have evil in our hearts. That is why we need the Lord Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 17:9 – “The heart is decietful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” We can’t even completely comprehend how wicked our hearts are. That is why America and other countries continue to have empty peace talks that don’t go anywhere. That is why America continues to give money to people that don’t believe in freedom.

    To end on a positive note – I am excited to see God working even through all of this terror and sadness. I know that in the end, He will reign supreme.

  2. USA citizens can stand up and protest about the abuse of tax payer moneys to fund the PA. Where do you think the directive comes from? The White House of course, under Obama, who is known as pro Palestine and wants Jerusalem changed back to the pre-1967 borders. Tax payers monies also go to help fund abortion clinics. Wake up citizens! Make a stand for transparency and accountability. Use your almighty vote for righteous sake to see the proper use of govt. funds (tax payers money).

  3. Hi Mossab, $150 million/year in aid to the PA is a drop in the bucket from our $4 trillion budget. Some might argue it’s a bargain if we can effectively funnel a % of the funds toward infrastructure & aid and get the credit for the humanitarian aid. Yes we prop up a corrupt PA. But there are signs of economic traction in the west bank. And are the clowns running the US house & senate THAT much more morally superior to Abu Mazen? And I think it’s
    unrealistic to not attempt to negotiate peace just because of the aggressive fundamentals of Islam make it hard. I think it’s more about the taste of power than religion. Eventually People can be reasonable and focus on what they have in common, and come to agree on important matters.

  4. Only God can change the hearts of people, not peace talks. Many of them don’t want peace and giving money to the PA only enables the behavior that still continues. Tough love, we can love those who are corrupt in the Middle East without giving them money.

  5. Mosab,
    I just finished reading your book and praise the one true triune God for the work He is doing through you. I can’t imagine all you have been through even after reading your story. As a lifelong Christian I know it is our choice to follow Our Lord Jesus Christ and what we do once we make that decision. The decisions you have made have lead you down a path of righteousness that will continue to shine brighter and brighter (Proverbs 4:18). I pray that God continues to protect and guide you in the course He has set for your life.

    I have already bookmarked this site and will continue to follow your story and pray you move others as you have moved me. Not only that, but that you awaken America to what is going on in this far too-tolerant day and age. Anyone who wants to see where we are headed should read Mark Steyn’s America Alone to see how much further along Europe is towards Islamification. That is the path we are taking if we continue to allow it.

    God bless you, Mosab and may He grant you a long and productive life to carry on His mission before He takes you Home to His Paradise. You are truly a shining light for His Glory.

  6. A verse for you my brother Galatians 6:1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.

  7. i´ve just read your book. you´re freakly unbelievable. i deeply admire you. something i didn´t get is how can you even show your face after all that. pure courage. your history is amazin. may our God bless you.

  8. Hi Mosab,
    Today I’ve finished the reading of your book and I’m speechless. And I’ve just realized that I don’t have the words to praise your morality and clear thinking. Indeed, God bless you.
    Best regards,

  9. Thanks for keeping us informed and taking us out of ignorance on the Middle East issues.
    Would love to here you speak in person. We found out you were in Auburn, WA last month and was sorry to have missed you. Is there a way to know when you’ll be in WA State again?
    Your book was riveting. I hope you write a sequel to document what God has been doing in your life since then.
    A fellow believer in Jesus as Lord,

  10. I think Mosab has become the most respected voice in commenting about certain sectors and religious factions in the Mideast. I just finished the book and can’t help but admire his clarity of thought, grace under fire and steadfast ability to see the truth when all around him have not.

    It is extremely frustrating to know that at least one level headed person from Gaza can see the truth while so many cannot. Where does that leave us?

    Do all the people in Gaza know this story? Perhaps Israel should drop one million “Son of Hamas” books unto Gaza so that those brave enough can read the truth for themselves.

    Ultimately, as Mosab clearly states, the problem is Islam itself, and until it is dismantled, we are left with a ever growing problem that will probably only get worse.

  11. I followed the news reports of you over the past year or so and was so amazed and awestruck. This past week I happened on a book store that was closing and there was your book. I read it the next day. I told everyone who I thought would listen about your amazing, supernatural story. I will never forget it. I have many more to share it with. I love you in Jesus, Mosab. You love the truth and I am confident that this will set many free, although it’s really the Lord Jesus who does it.

    Your brother in Christ,

  12. People getting rid of Islam? That seems a very long term objective to me. Only in a free state, when the society changes and ppl learn to think can this happen. So in the short and mid term western countries have to support some kind of political compromise.

  13. May the Lord bless you richly brother! My wife and I sat spellbound watching the 11 parts of your interview on Youtube. We praise God for your wisdom, courage, humility, honesty, integrity and love. We are ashamed that churches have sometimes rejected you, but know this, when they reject you, it is because they have rejected the truth and the Truth!
    Abhijeet Prabhu (from India)

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