The Iranian government cannot come up with one billion dollars to
replace what the Hamas would lose if the US, EU, and
cut their subsidies.
They do not have even enough money to pay their bus drivers, who staged
a strike after not being paid for months and all
they got was beating and jail.
Can the Islamic regime of
funnel one billion dollars to the Hamas’s account when it can’t pay
the wages of its own employees? The Iranians need every dime they get from
the sale of the oil to build their atomic bomb and it is unlikely that
they can afford this much money to pay to Hamas. Also if that happens,
what would be the reaction of the Iranians who are already restless and at
the brink of explosion?
Other sources exist. They are mostly private Muslim donors. But these
private donors are already paying what they can. It is unlikely that they
can raise an additional one billion dollars every year.
We must also understand a thing or two about the Muslim mind. A Muslim
will happily pay to Islamic “charities” as long as he knows that his
donation would be used in the way of Jihad where the reward is most
copious. He will most likely not be too keen to pay the salaries of the
policemen, the office workers or the bus drivers. As long as Hamas was
waging Jihad, they were happy and the money kept coming. If the killings
stop, the money will stop too.
There is nothing special about being a Palestinian. They became the
darling of the Islamic world because they were killing the Jews. Once that
stops, they fall from the grace. After all Muslims are dime a dozen and
most of them are even poorer than the Palestinians. Thousands of them
could die in starvation and no Muslim would give a hoot.
As you see, things are not as bad as they look. Hamas has no choice but
and renounce violence. If they don’t, they will starve and will be
removed by those who voted for them. If they continue with terrorism, it
is much easier to find them and destroy them now that they are the
So, in my opinion the Israelis can go out shopping, ride on the busses
and eat out in the restaurants, husband and wife together, with less worry
about suicide bombings.
To the members of the Quartet, my humble suggestion is please go home
and do nothing. You already made clear your terms: “recognize
’s right to exist, abandon violence and we will recognize you as a
legitimate government and keep paying your bills”. They heard it.
There is nothing else to talk about. Now the ball is in their
court. Let them mull over it and wait for their response. My hunch is that
they will do the right thing at the end. They have cornered themselves.
They are the ones who should worry not you.
Terrorists have turned politicians before and it could happen again.
All we have to do is remember the Noble Prize winner Yasser Arafat. Yep,
miracles can happen! Err… Or
is it that this world is really a funny place?
However, we should not think we are out of the woods yet. If the
leaders of Hamas choose to become “honorable” government officials and
instead of terrorism play the game of diplomacy and realpolitik, there is
no guarantee that another group would not rise from beneath the rocks,
denouncing the Hamas as traitors and proclaim itself as the true fighters
for the Palestinians.
When an entire generation is raised on hatred, it is not easy for them
to give up violence overnight.
Reprinted in http://www.israelnationalnews.com/article.php3?id=5990