My Mideast Punchlines: what a gas…..

At a news conference held in Qatar, Hamas presented its new manifesto in a clear attempt to make itself more palatable to a Western audience as well as so-called moderate Arab states such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Some major media fell for it, with the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Independent (no surprise, this one) sporting such headlines as “Hamas Drops Call for Israel’s Destruction”. The Irish Times, bless ’em, even went so far as to suggest Hamas “moves to end peace deadlock”.

The new document may seem more moderate, but in reality nothing has changed. While the document accepts the 1967 borders as a “national consensus formula,” Hamas still calls for the “full and complete liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea,” which is poetic code for “the destruction of Israel.”

Unless you believe the media is wilfully looking at Hamas through rose-tinted spectacles (heaven forbid!), the only conclusion one can come to is that they are employing journalists whose reading skills haven’t developed since nursery. What part of this ‘revised’ charter do they not understand? Hamas is like hummus: the more you consume its propaganda, the more gas you produce.

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