What is Hamas?
Posted by cann0nba11 on January 4, 2009
Hamas was formed in 1987. Its 1988 Charter declared that all of Palestine is Islamic trust land that can never be surrendered to non-Muslims and is an integral part of the Muslim world. It also declares that negotiations and international conferences are a waste of time. The charter specifically calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
Sounds like a friendly group, huh?
During the first Gulf War Hamas called for both Iraqi and US withdrawal; it did not support Saddam Hussein. This caused other Gulf States to shift their funding from the then popular PLO to Hamas, therefore the tens of millions donated primarily by Saudi Arabia were now funding the group. This transfered the PLO’s welfare role to Hamas and generated considerable public support the group. In October 1990, Hamas declared every Israeli soldier and settler a legitimate target.
After the US and the EU declared Hamas a terrorist group Saudi Arabia withheld support from Hamas. Shi’ite Iran became the financial mainstay of Hamas, Hamas also received moral support from the Iranian supported Hizbollah.
Despite the fact that many Palestinians desire peace with Israel, the January 2006 Palestinian elections led to a broad Hamas political victory, giving the group additional power and legitimacy throughout the Arab nations. This popularity, combined with sympathetic media coverage around the globe makes Israel even more of an underdog. But if you throw rocks at a bee’s nest long enough you are going to get stung. I think that Israel is quite serious this time around.