What is their driving force that causes them to continue their violence year after year?
A Web definition of Hamas is that they are a militant Islamic fundamentalist movement that opposes peace with Israel and uses terrorism as a weapon; seeks to create an Islamic state in place of Israel; and has become a leading perpetrator of terrorist activity in Israel, and it pioneered suicide bombing.
An example of Hamas’ unrestrained hatred of Israel was given two years ago by Ahmad Bahr, deputy speaker of the Hamas Parliament and also is an imam (Islamic preacher):
“If the enemy [Israel] sets foot on a single square inch of Islamic land, Jihad [war] becomes an individual duty, incumbent on every Muslim, male or female. A woman may set out [in Jihad] without her husband’s permission, and a servant without his master’s permission.
“Why? In order to annihilate those Jews. ... O Allah, [Islam’s god] destroy the Jews and their supporters. O Allah, destroy the Americans and their supporters. O Allah, count them one by one, and kill them all, without leaving a single one.”
Hamas was begun in 1987. It’s charter speaks of the organizations’ stand on numerous issues. Article 22 says in part: “They [the Jews] were behind World War I. ... [They] formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II. ... There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it.”
Hamas has been clear in denying the Holocaust, saying it never happened. Reacting to the 2000 Stockholm conference about the Jewish Holocaust, Hamas released the following statement:
“This conference bears a clear Zionist goal, aimed at forging history by hiding the truth about the so-called Holocaust, which is an alleged and invented story with no basis. ...
“The invention of these grand illusions of an alleged crime that never occurred ... clearly reveals the racist Zionist face, which believes in the superiority of the Jewish race over the rest of the nations....”
As mentioned, Hamas pioneered the dastardly act of suicide bombing, and the first appeared in April 1993 in the West Bank (a section of Israel).
A few years ago, a collage of photographs in a news magazine depicted the hideous story of constant turmoil. Shown was the Palestinians trying to extinguish a fire after an Israeli gunship fired on a car, killing seven.
A second photo showed the wreckage of another such attack in which three Palestinians died. A large picture in the center of the collage depicted the remains of a Jerusalem bus destroyed by a Hamas suicide bomber, killing 17 people. Such is the constant holocaust.
The article accompanying the photographs pointed out the shattering fact that hatred in the Holy Land is measured in generations, and a long weekend of peace counts as a triumph.
Nonetheless, God’s promise to Abraham that his offspring would dwell in the Holy Land was made long ago and passed on through Jacob (the Jews) not through Ishmael (the Arabs).
A lasting peace will some day come to the beleaguered Jews (Isaiah 40) and they will live in their beloved Holy Land, which by then will reach from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:8).
The Jews will accept Christ as their Messiah and He will rule the world from Jerusalem in a blessed time of peace. What fantastic biblical promises to the often-despised Jews.
(Part 2 of a 4-part series on the Holy Land).