Aug. 15, 2018
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of the covenantof the “Islamic Resistance Movement,” better known as Hamas. The document is worth reviewing given the current conflict in Gaza and the widespread misunderstanding of the movement’s goals, and the misguided notion that Israel can reach an accommodation with the terrorist organization.
From the outset, the document makes clear that Hamas’ ideology is rooted in Islam, and it is a reminder — especially to those who speciously believe the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is just about land — that for many Palestinians, the dispute is a religious one. You don’t actually have to read beyond the preamble to get the gist of the document and its Islamic foundation: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.” Article 15 explicitly says, “the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis.”
The charter also repeatedly emphasizes that Hamas is not really concerned with the State of Israel; it is at war with the Jewish people. It says in the introduction…