It is a sad fact that whenever Israel withdraws from a territory, that territory becomes a threat to Israel’s security. When Israel withdrew from Lebanon, Hezbollah moved in and rained missiles down on Israel. When Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip, Hamas moved in and rained missiles down on Israel. When Israel began withdrawing from Palestinian areas of Judea and Samaria, terrorist bombings skyrocketed – and Israel had to put a wall around the Palestinians.
And now, as Egypt descends into Islamism, our only exception to this rule may cease to be an exception. When Islamists take over in Egypt, they have promised to tear up the peace treaty with Israel. And guess what the Sinai will become?
But, let’s go back to Hamas in the Gaza Strip. While Israel occupied the area, there were peaceful demonstrations, but relatively little violence. When Israel left Gaza, that changed.
What does Hamas have to say about this?
While meeting with leaders from Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ rival Fatah movement, Gaza-based Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar rejected a reconciliation deal that called on Hamas to adopt non-violent resistance to Israel, as opposed to armed confrontation. Zahar pointed out that since there are no Jews living in Gaza, Hamas has no one against whom to conduct peaceful protests.
“Against whom could we demonstrate in the Gaza Strip?” Zahar asked. “When Gaza was occupied [sic] that model was applicable.”
Isn’t that just adorable?
Hamas is telling us that it’s our own fault for caving in to their demands.
Here’s an excerpt from Israel Today:
Friday, January 06, 2012 | Ryan Jones
Ironically, while the international community and even Israel continue to maintain that the 2005 Gaza pullout was a good thing, Hamas is making an indirect argument on why the forced evacuation of nearly 10,000 Jews from the coastal strip was a foolish move.
In the run-up to the Gaza pullout, Israeli leaders promised the nation that by making such a sacrifice, Israel would buy itself a reprieve from Palestinian violence, and if the attacks did not end, the world would finally support Israel in its justified military response. The international community at the time fully backed that position, and insisted that the Israeli gesture would kick-start the peace process.
Of course, by now we all know that what happened was the exact opposite of all those flowery-worded promises. Attacks on Israel from Gaza increased, the group carrying out the majority of those attacks (Hamas) became so popular that it won control of the Palestinian parliament in elections held 18 months after the pullout, and when Israel did eventually respond to the escalating attacks with overwhelming military force, the world harshly condemned the Jewish state.
Hamas is now saying that no one should be surprised by this outcome, because it was the very presence of Jews in Gaza that kept things relatively quiet in the area, as compared to Judea and Samaria (the so-called “West Bank”), which prior to 2005 saw far more violence than Gaza.