I haven’t pissed anyone off in weeks and weeks, so it occurred to me that today was a good day to start.
I’m actually kind of pleased that Hamas has won the Palestinian election. There, I’ve said it.
Why? You might reasonably ask…A couple of reasons. The first, and foremost, is that if there is going to be peace between Israel and its neighbors, the rejectionist Palestinian movement must transform itself into a real political movement, because real political movements don’t have the luxury of living in fantasy worlds – because their actions have real consequences.
So one of two things will happen. Hamas will be forced to make accommodations to reality – or it will lead the Palestinian state to destruction.
For all the rhetoric of blood and sacrifice, I note that few Hamas leaders have strapped on explosive vests, or stood on top of buildings thumbing their noses at missile-equipped Israeli fighters. My bet – in the intermediate term – is on reality.
One thing that may stall this will be the actions of Fatah, who unlike Hamas lacks a broad fundraising arm in the Arab countries, and depends for ready cash on the UN and skimming international subsidies meant for poor Palestinians.