The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians rages on as I write this, and in many quarters I hear people decrying the actions of Israel as genocidal and unethical. In this short article I simply want to probe this idea further, are Israel’s actions immoral and heinous? Is Israel using unwarranted force in their attempt to root out their mortal enemy (in this instance, the Palestinians/Hamas)?
On January 26th, 2006 the Palestinian people overwhelming voted Hamas into political power, and as their democratically representative government. Here is what the Washington Post reported then:
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 26 — The radical Islamic movement Hamas won a large majority in the new Palestinian parliament, according to official election results announced Thursday, trouncing the governing Fatah party in a contest that could dramatically reshape the Palestinians’ relations with Israel and the rest of the world.
In Wednesday’s voting, Hamas claimed 76 of the 132 parliamentary seats, giving the party at war with Israel the right to form the next cabinet under the Palestinian Authority’s president, Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah.
Hamas, the radical Islamic movement is who the Palestinian people wanted to be their leadership (all things being equal). It would be no surprise who and what Hamas was and are in regard to their charter and mission statement; the Palestinian people knew who they were, and what their ultimate goal was. And so the Palestinians have what they have because they wanted it (in terms of leadership). Here is what Hamas’ charter statement says in regard to the state of Israel:
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist invaders. It goes back to 1939, to the emergence of the martyr Izz al-Din al Kissam and his brethren the fighters, members of Moslem Brotherhood. It goes on to reach out and become one with another chain that includes the struggle of the Palestinians and Moslem Brotherhood in the 1948 war and the Jihad operations of the Moslem Brotherhood in 1968 and after.
Moreover, if the links have been distant from each other and if obstacles, placed by those who are the lackeys of Zionism in the way of the fighters obstructed the continuation of the struggle, the Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realisation of Allah’s promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:
“The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).
The Palestinians, and by extension, Hamas want one thing ultimately – if they are good Muslims that is – they want what their Prophet spoke of: ‘O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’
If the above is true, if the Palestinian people consciously and intentionally voted Hamas in as their leadership, knowing full well what Hamas stood for ecclesiopolitically (and they did), then what is currently happening in this terrible conflict between the Palestinians and Israel is the logical and natural consequent. At the very core of Islamic faith, the Jew and then the Christian (just see what ISIS is currently doing in both Syria and Iraq to Christians), are the ultimate infidels; as infidels they are to be killed and wiped off the face of the earth. And consistent with this ‘religious-politico’ belief, Hamas, ISIS and other Islamic groups around the world are living out their faith.
In light of this reality, is it ethically wrong for the state of Israel to respond in the way that they have been to a state, to the Palestinians who are seeking to systematically wipe them (Israel) off of the map? Is there a moral equivalency or moral equivocation inhering in Israel’s actions, where the Israeli human being is seen as more valuable than the Palestinian? And is Israel the one who has placed these Palestinian people in the place that they are in, or is it Hamas who has done this to their own people? Is there such a thing as ‘Just War’, and does Israel have the responsibility to defend itself and citizenry against her enemies? And has Israel shown restraint, or have they engaged in the kind of unbridled barbarism that they are accused of in their attacks on Hamas (remember, Israel has the might to wipe Gaza off of the map in minutes … have they?)
Does any of the above make the loss of life, especially among the Palestinians less egregious? Of course not! But I find it hard to blame the state of Israel when in fact it is Hamas itself (with the underwriting of the Palestinian people themselves) who have placed their own people and themselves into this nightmare situation. The Palestinians need to root out Hamas as their government and place people into power who actually want peace. But then I am left wondering if this can ever be the actuality since Palestinians (not all, there are many Christian Palestinians) are good Muslims?